Sex trafficking is a major scourge that has become a top issue for L.A. County leaders, who supported a state ballot initiative that will increase penalties for pimps and other miscreants who coerce people for the skin trade.
But it turns out that a key source of victims for sex traffickers is righ ... More >>
Ploehn left blowin' in the wind.Trish Ploehn, the head of L.A. County's embattled child welfare department, is being replaced and will be offered a transfer to another position, county officials said.
We reported recently about how Ploehn warned that a "smear campaign" had been waged against ... More >>
LAPDLorghaba, a DCFS worker, is accused of sexual battery.This official creep alert from the LAPD is especially creepy because the suspect in question is a county child services social worker who, authorities allege, threatened to take a woman's children away unless she submitted to his sexua ... More >>
The children of L.A. County.LA Weekly contributor Daniel Heimpel rips the Los Angeles Times Tuesday in a piece in the Huffington Post about its coverage of the county's child welfare woes.
Others have been critical of the Times' coverage, but Heimpel spells out a litany of alleged problems w ... More >>
DCFSDCFS' Trish Ploehn, soon-to-be ousted?Two months before reports surfaced that the head of L.A. county's embattled child services division was slated to be replaced, her lawyer sent a letter to county CEO William T. Fujioka warning there was a "smear campaign" in the works against Trish Pl ... More >>
Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to get a handle on the number of deaths of county-supported kids.Update: The County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously approved a motion to have one entity at the county track these deaths (PDF). First posted Oct. 28 at 7 a.m.
Kids under the care of your c ... More >>
The unincorporated South L.A. location of Erica Johnson's murder.It appears that Los Angeles County authorities might have had the kind of goods on the douchebag parents of a murdered 2-year-old girl that could have allowed them to take her away when she was born, according to county document ... More >>
File photo from DCFSUpdated at 6:05 p.m. with comments, after the jump, from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
An examination of how Los Angeles County officials have restricted information about the controversial, abuse-related deaths of children under the jurisdiction of the Department of Chi ... More >>