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Dozens killed despite child welfare contact

The map above records the homicides of 68 children whose families came to the attention of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services prior to their deaths. Some died of abuse or neglect, others were the victims of street violence.

The cases represent homicides of children who the Los Angeles Times has been able to connect to L.A. County’s child welfare system through coroner's records, county documents and other sources. Some date back to 2007, but the most complete data is for the first eight months of 2009, a time period for which The Times obtained a death log.

In all, the county has reported the deaths of hundreds of children who had passed through L.A. County’s child welfare system over those years. If you know of other homicides connected to DCFS cases please let us know at homicidereport@latimes.com.

Read more in The Times’ investigation: Innocents Betrayed

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