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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - There are new developments surrounding thousands of abuse cases called into a Child Protective Services hotline, but never investigated.

On Wednesday, five of the CPS workers who were fired because of the controversy spoke out.

This all started back in 2009.  That's when the first case was marked not for investigation.  Four years later, in November 2013, those cases -- all 6,000 of them, were discovered.

On December 2, the Governor Jan Brewer created a special team to investigate and the next day, five CPS supervisors were put on administrative leave.  In March, those supervisors and another CPS employee were fired.

While those five supervisors were on administrative leave, they could not talk publicly about the case.  Now that they're out of a job, they broke their silence.

Five women -- all managers at CPS with long experience, say they were canned because management wanted somebody to blame.

"I believe we did not have enough manpower, boots on the ground, full monty.. that is to blame," said Janet Sabol.

The former CPS employees say the root of the problem is a legislature that won't spend enough money on child welfare services.

So not enough CPS caseworkers.

And the ones who were there were underpaid and overworked and in the avalanche of abuse cases, many fell through the cracks.

"I think we are disappointed.  We devoted our lives to Arizona CPS and this is the repayment that we get. We really did not do anything wrong," said Jana Leine.

We reached out to Clarence Carter, head of the Department of Economic Security, who used to oversee CPS.  He declined to go on camera and declined to talk about the five fired CPS managers, saying "Questions were asked, answers were given and now I'm moving forward on behalf of the citizens of Arizona."

Director Carter says he had no knowledge of cases not being investigated by CPS.

The five former CPS managers have an attorney who says he is looking into filing a wrongful termination lawsuit on their behalf.

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