Milwaukee failed to protect lead-poisoned children by massive neglect and missteps

A damning state report finds Milwaukee's lead poisoning prevention program has failed to take even some of the most basic steps to protect the city's children. 

The draft report by the state Department of Health Services looked at 108 lead-poisoning cases reported to the city's troubled Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program between 2012 and 2017.

It found more than 90% of the cases were closed before the amount of lead in kids' blood had dropped to levels deemed safe by the state. Some of these children, in fact, still had dangerously high lead levels.