Twelve Democratic state legislators are asking for an audit of the
Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare because of a large backlog of
unresolved child abuse and neglect cases.
Johnson is among the Milwaukee area lawmakers who say the backlog
is putting thousands of children at risk. Johnson says the death
of a 6-year-old autistic boy is a case in point. Raul Espinoza was
killed last spring when he ran out of his house in Milwaukee and
was struck by a bus.
) the initial call to the bureau for help with Raul was in
December, but the assessment that's required within 60 days didn't
come until some 150 days later.
Department of Children and Families says the 2,800-case backlog
has nearly been cut in half since July.