Records requested from La.'s DCFS after malnourished teen found by BRPD

Records requested from La.'s Department of Child and Family Services

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There are more questions than answers lately when it comes to the Department of Children and Family Services.

A lot of questions from citizens that DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said the agency has to answer, especially after police found a 15-year-old boy malnourished and living in horrible conditions at his home in North Baton Rouge Wednesday.

"Did we talk to all the right people? I don't know," said Sonnier. "Do we know if people were honest with us when they talk to us about what they see or when we ask questions?"

Even after Sonnier said DCFS will change its policies and gave some explanation to details of its investigation, people were still unhappy and wanting answers.

Questions surfaced about the current state of DCFS. 9News filed a public records request to find out how many case workers the department has and are they being overworked. A request was also submitted for records showing how many cases each worker is currently assigned.

With the records, 9News will compare the current numbers see how the agency stacks up now as opposed to how it was 10 years ago. Officials said that they are working on getting those records together and will have them by Monday.

The 15-year-old boy is still recovering in the hospital. Bond has also been set for the boy's mother, Rose Holland, at $115,000. She faces cruelty to a juvenile charges.

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