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Colleen McCarty, Investigative Reporter

I-Team: Concealed Report Related to Missing Foster Child

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Insult to injury was added a few days later when the I-Team exposed the contents of the "Carrascal Foster Home Case Review" -- an examination of the foster home where 2-year-old Everlyse Cabrera disappeared. Insult to injury was added a few days later when the I-Team exposed the contents of the "Carrascal Foster Home Case Review" -- an examination of the foster home where 2-year-old Everlyse Cabrera disappeared.
State Assemblywoman Susan Gerhardt sits on the Blue Ribbon Panel reviewing child death in Clark County. "It's really disturbing information. What particularly bothers me is we weren't able to see it." State Assemblywoman Susan Gerhardt sits on the Blue Ribbon Panel reviewing child death in Clark County. "It's really disturbing information. What particularly bothers me is we weren't able to see it."

Eyewitness News was the first to make public documents censored by Clark County, eight pages of a report containing information about endangered children.

After failing to follow-up on those children months ago, the Department of Family Services is now working to account for their safety.

Carrascal Foster Home Case Review Continued

Carrascal Foster Home Case Review

Read the missing 8 pages from the Child Protective Services' Report.

During a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel-Child Death Review in Clark County, DFS Director Tom Morton revealed he had no knowledge of 55 cases flagged last November.

Faced with pressure from county, state and federal officials, DFS now says it's working to identify the 55 cases, though the consultant who wrote the report insists he has provided that information on numerous occasions.

The county has said it could take up to two weeks to complete its review. Those results, Eyewitness News was told, will be made public.

The county also concealed a report related to the disappearance of Everlyse Cabrera. She is the 2-year-old who went missing from her foster home last June.

The Channel 8 I-Team first reported its contents last week. Now, a state lawmaker is calling for the county to make it public.

The state's blue ribbon panel on child death requested the report several months ago. Members hoped to include it in their final review of Clark County's child welfare system.

They didn't get it, but some members believe they can and should add it now. And that's exactly what they plan to do.

State Assemblywoman Susan Gerhardt sits on the Blue Ribbon Panel reviewing child death in Clark County. "It's really disturbing information. What particularly bothers me is we weren't able to see it."

For the last year, Gerhardt has participated in lengthy meetings, fought to learn more about specific child deaths, and has been denied access to key information. The situation came to head last week when it was revealed the county censored a report it provided to the panel. 

Insult to injury was added a few days later when the I-Team exposed the contents of the "Carrascal Foster Home Case Review" -- an examination of the foster home where 2-year-old Everlyse Cabrera disappeared.

Gerhardt continued, "I think in light of the fact that we still have a little girl missing out there, I don't understand the reluctance to disclose."

The review outlines system failures.

Consultant Ed Cotton found that no caseworkers ever visited the home, though the Carrascal's had seven foster children.

A 3-year-old in their care suffered second and third degree burns, allegedly from hot soup. Though a Child Protective Services investigation was ordered, it never happened. And in the aftermath the county renewed the Carrascal's foster license, despite the family's failure to complete the required training.

"If there's any information at all that can be gleaned from looking at Ed Cotton's observations, we should take a look and learn from that," Assemblywomen Susan Gerhardt said.

The county claims the review -- paid for with taxpayer dollars -- was conducted in quote, "anticipation of litigation." In other words, they expected Everlyse Cabrera's parents would sue.

They did. And though the case is in the discovery phase, the family's attorney claims the county has denied the report's very existence.

Attorney David Gibson said, "We were asking for an Ed Cotton report. They're telling us there isn't an Ed Cotton report. We find out from your report that it was a file review or something like that. They knew what we were asking for, I don't know why they didn't give it to us."

Gibson says he has since requested the review by its formal title and still been denied a copy. He plans to file a motion with the court to force the county to release it.

Gerhardt plans to insist the review be included as part of the Blue Ribbon Panel's final report. From her seat in Carson City, she hopes to channel her frustration into positive change for children.

If you have any information about her disappearance, please call 1-800-THE-LOST.

Email your comments to Investigative Reporter Colleen McCarty.

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