Created: 04/02/2014 8:13 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - The office of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she will announce proposals and steps to improve children's well-being and child abuse investigations.
Martinez's office says she'll be announcing numerous directives and initiatives that include steps to retain and retain more child-welfare caseworkers.
It says others are designed to improve communication between child welfare caseworkers and law enforcement officers and to change how caseworkers interact with families with multiple investigations of alleged mistreatment.
Martinez's announcement Wednesday comes in the wake of reports that authorities didn't adequately respond to previous signs of trouble involving the family of a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who died in December.
Omaree Varela's mother has been arrested in his death, which occurred after he and his family had come into contact with police under various circumstances.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)