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    New Details Emerge In Noah Cuatro's Death Investigation

    The investigation into Noah Cuatro's death continues as they take a look at the events leading up to his death as new details surface. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019)

    Attorneys on behalf of a Noah Cuatro's family spoke out following the release of new information about why the boy wasn't removed from the home after a request was made by social workers.

    Noah's mother and father are accused of torturing and killing their 4-year-old son. They were arrested last week on murder charges.

    In May, Noah's social worker was strongly concerned about the boy's care and filed a court order asking a judge to remove the boy from his parent's custody. The judge approved the order but the removal never happened.

    He died two months later.

    After Judge Signed Order, Why Wasn't Noah Cuatro Removed from Parents' Home?

    [LAITEAM] After Judge Signed Order, Why Wasn't Noah Cuatro Removed from Parents' Home?

    A judge signed an order to remove the boy from his parents' home, but it was never executed. Lolita Lopez reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2019.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 16, 2019)

    Ursula Juarez and Jose Cuatro initially told Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies that Noah drowned at a community pool but hospital staff noticed injuries on his body consistent with abuse and not drowning.

    "This court order requiring DCFS to have Noah Cuatro examined by a forensic medical and psychological examiner within 72 hours of the court order was not negotiable," said attorney Brian Claypool.

    As the I-Team previously reported, five people, including the social worker and a supervisor, agreed not to remove Noah.

    DCFS said that its team investigated Noah's case fully including a medical examination in April. The team was still investigating a sexual abuse allegation made by a family member but kept Noah with his parents.

    In court earlier this week, prosecutors described fresh injuries to Noah's body, consistent with sexual and physical abuse.

    "It's not right what happened to him," said Eva Hernandez, the boy's great grandmother. "He couldn't defend himself. They just threw him to the wolves."

    Social Workers Ignored Court Order Before Child's Death

    [LA] Social Workers Ignored Court Order Before Child's Death

    Social workers ignored the "very high" risk level in a home at the center of a child abuse investigation one month before Noah Cuatro's death. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 2, 2019)

    Hernandez has filed a legal claim against the agency.

    "As someone who has dedicated their entire career to the safety and well-being of vulnerable children, I cannot overstate how deeply a tragic death impacts those of us who work in child welfare," DCFS director Bobby Cagle said in a statement. "Many of the cases that come to the attention of child protective services have a complicated history and complex family dynamics. Determining when and if to remove a child from his or her home is often a sensitive and difficult decision that involves collaborating with our partners in the County's child protection safety net and gathering and analyzing information from them to help the social worker make an informed decision about the safety of the child at the time.

    "We strive each and every day with our partners and colleagues to strengthen the child safety net and do our best to ensure the well-being of the children that we serve."

    After Noah's death, DCFS changed its process regarding removal orders.

    Social workers now have to go through the director before deciding if a removal order will not be carried out. The social worker in this case also revealed that others in the family were concerned about Noah's well-being, saying he was hungry and constantly needed to be fed.

    In the order, the social worker also described him being coached, denied visits to some relatives and unavailable on numerous unannounced visits.

    DCFS Will Make Changes After Noah Cuatro's Death

    [LA - ITEAM] DCFS Will Make Changes After Noah Cuatro's Death

    Two weeks after Noah Cuatro died he will finally be laid to rest, following his death DCFS will be making changes within the department. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

    (Published Wednesday, July 24, 2019)

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