The state says the agency responsible for children’s welfare in Los Angeles County has big problems.

By Kevin Tripp, KABC

A new audit paints a disturbing picture of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. State Assemblyman Tom Lackey called for the investigation. “This is a public agency that must be accountable to people, and more importantly, to these children.”

Some of those children have died in the Palmdale Republican’s district while social workers were assigned to their cases. The audit finds about one-quarter of all safety and risk assessments were not completed on time. Lackey says the state report calls for more levels of review.

“You have to have somebody that’s reviewing the reviewer. That’s the unfortunate reality. But, you have to have multiple levels of accountability, so that the accountability is insured.”