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State Quickly Dismissed Elder-Abuse Cases, Investigation Reveals


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Elsie Fossum's nieces and nephews look at family photos of their aunt, on the seventh anniversary of her death.
Mina Kim/KQED
Elsie Fossum's nieces and nephews look at family photos of their aunt, on the seventh anniversary of her death.

State regulators have been conducting "cursory and indifferent" investigations of complaints against caregivers for the elderly, disabled and sick, even when those cases involve suspected abuse or suspicious death, according to an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED. Documents obtained by CIR also reveal the California Department of Public Health dismissed nearly 1,000 pending cases of abuse and theft over the past decade, when the state was dealing with a backlog of cases.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Mina Kim, reporter for KQED News who contributed to this story
  • Ryan Gabrielson, senior reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting who led the investigation into this story

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