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L.A. County fielded numerous complaints before deaths of two children
L.A. County fielded numerous complaints before deaths of two children

Over the last eight months, Los Angeles County social workers fielded repeated reports that Alan Dean Edwards' two children were in danger. They opened investigations and let some complaints languish past the state's 30-day deadline, according to county records reviewed by The Times and interviews with officials familiar with the case. Then came news that Edwards had died along with his 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter in a car crash this month. Sheriff's deputies believe the father — in the midst of a divorce and custody dispute — deliberately crashed his Honda Accord into a parked big rig on Interstate 5 in Castaic. Officials with the Department of...

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