LA County supervisors move ahead with probe in leaks about child deaths [Updated]

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The L.A. County Board Supervisors has decided to go forward with an investigation into leaks of information on the deaths of children in the Department of Children and Family Services. The Los Angeles Times has been reporting for about a year on the deaths.

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky voted against the other four supervisors. He told KPCC’s Shirley Jahad that the investigation into the leaks is misguided.

Other supervisors have criticized Yaroslavsky’s position on the investigation. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called it a “cheap shot” and defended the probe.

KPCC has asked the Department of Children and Family Services to weigh in on this issue, but an agency representative hasn’t responded yet.

Original story:

County departments have been ordered to cooperate in the investigation of leaks to the news media about child death and neglect cases under jurisdiction of Los Angeles County's troubled children and family services agency.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky was the lone dissenter in Tuesday's 4-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors, saying officials are more concerned with plugging the leaks than examining problems within the Department of Children and Family Services.

The board calls the leaks inappropriate disclosure of confidential child welfare information.

Supervisors ordered the investigation during closed session earlier this month and county Chief Executive William Fujioka asked supervisors to order cooperation from all departments.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.