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Audit: Many injuries unreported by child welfare agency

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BOSTON (AP) - A state audit has found that Massachusetts' child welfare agency was often unaware of serious injuries to children under its care, and in some cases failed to report potential crimes against children to prosecutors.

The report released on Thursday by state Auditor Suzanne Bump covers the years 2014 and 2015. It found the Department of Children and Families was unaware of 260 incidents, including a teenager who suffered brain damage from a gunshot wound and a 1-year-old child who had first- or second-degree burns.

The report also said 19 "critical incidents" involving children, including rapes, were not referred to district attorneys for possible prosecution.

In its response to the audit, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration said it had boosted DCF funding by $100 million since 2015 and hired hundreds more social workers.

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