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No evidence of fudging child welfare numbers, say experts

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Experts say there's no evidence that Michigan child welfare workers manipulated statistics to keep a state agency in compliance with a legal agreement on caseloads.

Court-appointed monitors investigated after the Lansing State Journal last year quoted employees as saying numbers had been altered at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The monitors told a federal judge on Thursday that there's no evidence to back up the claims. Eileen Crummy says her team interviewed more than 300 people and reviewed thousands of cases. The agency has denied any wrongdoing.

Michigan's child-welfare system has been under court oversight for more than 10 years. A lawsuit challenged the way the state cares for vulnerable kids who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

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