Child death and near-death panel

Local News
11:41 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel Requesting $420,000 To Meet Goals

Retired judge Roger Crittenden is chair of Kentucky's Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel.

An independent Kentucky panel in charge of reviewing child abuse cases is requesting $420,000 from the state’s budget to perform its duties.

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel was created following criticism of accountability and transparency in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which deals with child abuse cases.

The panel—which consists of volunteer professionals ranging from law enforcement to child advocates—has reviewed dozens of cases, but the workload is heavy, says panel chair and retired judge Roger Crittenden.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Senate Committee Adds More Oversight to Child Fatality Review Panel Bill

Kentucky’s Senate Health and Welfare Committee is trying to add more oversight to a child fatality review panel in a bill approved Wednesday, but child advocates say the amendment doesn’t go far enough.

The panel was temporarily established by Gov. Steve Beshear through executive order last year. It’s meant to review certain child death and near death cases to ensure the system is doing everything it can to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Kentucky Child Abuse Review Panel Begins Work

Retired Judge Roger Crittenden

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.

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