Sacramento County Child Protective Services continues to make mistakes in cases that end up in death or near death, according to an independent report presented to supervisors Tuesday.
In 2011, Sacramento County Child Protective Services allowed three young children to be placed in their grandmother's home where a registered sex offender lived, records show.
Almost half of Sacramento County's child abuse investigators were unavailable to handle cases in the last fiscal year, according to a report presented Tuesday.
Despite the fact that her infant son hadn't been seen by family members or authorities for at least two months, a drug- using mother was ordered released from jail in June by the Sacramento County Juvenile Court, The Bee has learned.
John and Kathyrn Clark thought their lives were in danger when they were contacted, out of the blue, by their adopted son's biological mother. In a lawsuit, the Clarks accuse CPS and others involved in the custody case of failing to protect their identities, a violation of state and federal laws.
In a 20-year-period, fewer children were killed by abuse and neglect in Sacramento County when programs aimed at troubled families were funded, according to a report presented to the Board of Supervisors.
The Bee gained access to Yeinira Melchor's child welfare file through a statute the Legislature passed in 2006 that made records public when children die as a result of abuse or neglect.
Giovanni Melchor was just a year old when he drowned in the stagnant water of his family's backyard swimming pool in late 2006. Not even three years later, Giovanni's sister, Yeinira, who had been removed from the home and then returned, was also dead, a victim of medical neglect by her parents.
Michelle Callejas, a longtime Sacramento County human services employee and manager, is the new head of the county's embattled Child Protective Services unit.