Following the death of a 10-year-old boy, state officials will audit Los Angeles County’s child welfare agency to determine whether it adequately protects children.
The California legislative audit committee on Wednesday approved a request to review LA County’s Department of Children and Family Services.
Legislators noted that Anthony Avalos had been the subject of 13 calls to the department and that he may have come out as gay before his death.
The audit will specifically look into whether there are adequate protections in place for LGBTQ youth.
Court documents say Anthony was tortured, starved, beaten, dropped on his head and slammed into furniture before he died in June. His mother and her boyfriend are charged with torture and murder.
The previous review of county child welfare officials was conducted in 2012.