Los Angeles child death reports may have been falsified

An investigator with Los Angeles County's embattled children's welfare agency reportedly falsified child death reports.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting Thursday that two senior managers at the county Department of Children and Family Services are complaining they faced a hostile work environment after telling their boss about deliberate falsification of at least three child fatality reports.

The civil allegations were filed in June.

The agency is already under fire for failing to report dozens of child deaths linked to abuse or neglect.

The Times says the Board of Supervisors has acted to remove county independent child death investigator Rosemarie Belda, who reports directly to the board. The five supervisors have declined comment.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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