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Arizona official submits plan to clear botched handling of 6,000 child-abuse complaints

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Clarence Carter, director of Arizona's Child Protective Services (CPS), shares what Gov. Jan Brewer's reaction was when he told her that CPS missed investigating 6,000 child abuse cases, during a discussion with the Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS) oversight committee, in Phoenix. The revelation that about 6,000 cases of suspected child abuse reported to the state's CPS hotline were never investigated has cast a disturbing spotlight on a state department in disarray as officials call for investigations and accountability. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan)

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Clarence Carter, director of Arizona's Child Protective Services (CPS), shares what Gov. Jan Brewer's reaction was when he told her that CPS missed investigating 6,000 child abuse cases, during a discussion with the Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS) oversight committee, in Phoenix. The revelation that about 6,000 cases of suspected child abuse reported to the state's CPS hotline were never investigated has cast a disturbing spotlight on a state department in disarray as officials call for investigations and accountability. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan)  (The Associated Press)

A top Arizona government official says his department will review more than 6,000 unexamined reports of child abuse and neglect by next Monday — Dec. 2.

The director of the Department of Economic Security also says in a plan submitted Monday night that all reports forwarded to case workers will be investigated by Jan. 31.

Clarence Carter sent the plan to members of the Legislature's Child Protective Services oversight committee.

Carter revealed the problems with the unexamined reports on Thursday and was grilled by members of the oversight committee. He then promised to formulate a plan to address the backlog.

Some Democrats have called on Carter to resign. But Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, is supporting him.

State police are reviewing how the mistakes happened.