Child Deaths Don't Always Prompt Investigation

Jul 23, 2012

A newspaper analysis of records involving child fatalities in Kentucky finds that child protection workers didn't always conduct internal reviews.  

The Lexington Herald-Leader report looked at records of 41 fatalities in 2009 and 2010 and found at least six that didn’t review state actions to identify whether improvements were needed to possibly prevent future deaths. State law requires such a review when the Cabinet for Health and Family Services had prior involvement with the child or family.  Cabinet spokeswoman Jill Midkiff says in some cases the cabinet's prior contact with adults occurred before they turned 18. She says the cabinet doesn't do internal reviews in those cases.  Midkiff also says the Cabinet would review at least two cases today to determine why reviews weren't done.