Partly Cloudy
20°FPartly CloudyFull Forecast

Report: 200 kids flagged to DCFS slain since 2000

Published: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – A published report said that more than 200 children who'd been flagged to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were killed over an 11-year period.

That's according to a story Sunday published in The Chicago Tribune.

The newspaper used records from police, prison and the medical examiner to look at deaths from 2000 to 2011.

The agency's Office of Inspector General investigates the deaths.

In many cases, calls had been made to the agency's abuse hotline. Sometimes, agency workers made mistakes or failed to act quickly. The agency's inspector general said in one case a worker lied about creating a safety play.

DCFS Director Richard Calica said the deaths are disturbing but resources are limited.

The state is making big budget cuts and case workers are overwhelmed.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

Nov. 24 Rod Carey press conference

More videos »

Reader Poll

How far are you planning to travel for Thanksgiving?
Fewer than 30 miles
30 to 50 miles
50 to 200 miles
More than 200 miles
Staying home