Caseworkers Fear Children Will Continue to Suffer Unseen in Pandemic

Seven years ago this week the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez put a spotlight on weaknesses within Los Angeles’ child welfare system.

Now social workers fear more abused children will continue to suffer unseen because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The NBCLA I-Team took to the streets with Sylvia Lopez, an emergency social worker, before her regular 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. shift at an emergency response command post to see what is and is not being done to protect the children.

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