A Star Tribune examination found that child-protection authorities have failed to
respond to thousands of child-abuse reports while funneling thousands of others into
a program where the abuse is never investigated. The system's shortcomings have
had deadly results.
In a sweeping reversal, Minnesota child protection workers can now review previous child abuse reports when considering how to respond to a new one. Minnesota was likely the only state in the country that barred intake workers from reviewing past cases.