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County attorney: Lack of funding not an excuse for CPS mess

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The public outrage continues to grow over the chaos surrounding the state's child protective services.

CBS 5 News has reached out to CPS to learn why 6,000 child abuse complaints were not investigated over the past few years, but so far CPS officials have not provided enough answers.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery sits on the CPS oversight committee.

"We don't know how many children, literally every night, are going to bed fearing that something bad is going to happen to them," said Montgomery. "When children are being hurt, we have a responsibility to try and come to their aid, and when we don't do it, we're less of a society.

Clarence Carter is the director of Arizona's Dept of Economic Security which oversees CPS.

Carter told the oversight committee at the state Capitol last week that he's putting an action plan in place to get to the bottom of what happened.

But for many child advocate groups that's not enough, and they are calling for Carter's resignation.

A CPS spokesperson told CBS 5 News that Carter will fulfill his duties as requested by the governor.

Montgomery thinks it's premature to demand Carter to step down, until an outside investigation is completed to determine who is responsible for what happened.

"We've had an appropriate response given the outrage of what happened from the chief executive," Montgomery said. "Now let's find the root cause, and along the way we'll identify people directly responsible, rather than ones we can easily hold accountable."

Montgomery said that if the investigation shows that Carter was responsible, or aware of the child abuse cases being ignored, that is the time to determine whether Carter is replaced.

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