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Tue November 27, 2012
Kentucky Child Abuse Review Panel Begins Work
Members of a new state review panel tasked with overseeing child fatalities and near fatalities will begin their work by examining the cases of eight children who died over the past year. Governor Steve Beshear created the panel earlier this year with an executive order and the group met for the first time today.
Judge Roger Crittenden, who chairs the panel, says more information may be needed to get a clear understanding of what happened and why.
“That’s the point we’re trying to figure out is what records do we actually need to have? We know what we’re going to get, and that’s what we’re going to look at first, and then from that, do we need police reports? Are they in the record and if they’re not in the record, should they be?" he said.
The eight initial cases are ones where the Cabinet for Health and Family Services were previously involved with the families.
The agency has come under scrutiny for a lack of transparency about child fatalities. State lawmakers must pass legislation in the upcoming session to establish what records the independent review panel is allowed to obtain.