Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Los Angeles County child welfare official alleges warrantless search - latimes.com

Los Angeles County child welfare official alleges warrantless search - latimes.com

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services officials have continued to search for individuals they believe shared confidential information about child deaths with The Times, according to a senior official who alleged that her personal belongings underwent a warrantless search.

Director Trish Ploehn said that "because this incident is being investigated, we are limited in terms of specifics we can provide. However, we strongly deny the allegations being made and believe that the investigation will show that no actions by DCFS staff were in violation of any individual's rights."

Darlene McDade-White, the department's lead internal affairs investigator, said she drew suspicion when she filed a whistle-blower claim along with another DCFS official. Her complaint alleged that the department falsified child death reports to eliminate mention of case management errors that contributed to the fatalities.

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