Gov. Brewer skips border conference to focus on CPS problems - Tucson News Now

Gov. Brewer skips border conference to focus on CPS problems

Gov. Jan Brewer Gov. Jan Brewer
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

In the last few months Arizona has seen unimaginable cases of child abuse.

Gov. Jan Brewer even canceled a big trip surrounding one of her favorite issues to fix it.

Brewer would be pow wowing with other state leaders about our border issues. Instead, she's decided to stay home and try to fix problems with Child Protective Services.

"I'm looking forward to seeing just exactly what's going on with CPS," Brewer said.

Brewer isn't holding back when it comes to protecting our children.

She said recent cases of extreme abuse have raised red flags when it comes to CPS.

"She expects that system to be accountable and she wants DES to be as transparent as law, regulations and the best interest of children allows," said Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter.

A video statement released by Carter is the closest CBS 5 News has come to getting answers.

"The child protective people, they never did nothing so the abuse kept going and going," said Ivan Martinez about a recent case of abuse involving his neighbor, Jacob Gibson.

Neighbors told CBS 5 News that CPS did nothing to help the 6-year-old.

Police said his parents beat him until he stopped breathing, using wire hangers and a belt buckle.

Investigators said they slammed his head into a door so hard his brain swelled. Gibson died.

Ame Deal was another Valley child who died from abuse.

"Together these family members fabricated a story about this child dying while playing a game of hide and seek. This was done in an effort to cover up their unspeakable crimes," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Investigators called Deal's death one of the worst they've ever seen.

They said the 10-year-old girl was locked in a box overnight as punishment.

Police said she got in trouble for taking a popsicle out of the freezer on a 103-degree day.

Prosecutors said CPS workers in other states knew there was trouble in the house, but the family simply moved to another state when CPS got involved.

Brewer said she wants to know what went wrong across the board and is looking over a draft of a report.

Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on this story.

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