LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the wake of a series of deaths, officials have voted to hire a "child protection czar" to oversee Los Angeles County's troubled child welfare system.
The Los Angeles Times reports supervisors voted Tuesday to create an independent office charged with improving oversight of abused and neglected children.
Its head will have authority over a variety of departments to better coordinate care and prevent problems that have led to child deaths. To reduce bureaucracy, the czar will report directly to the supervisors rather than to various agency leaders.
The vote comes a year after the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. The Palmdale boy died after he allegedly was tortured by his mother's boyfriend. Social workers let him stay in the home despite numerous reports of abuse.
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