State pays $43K, settles suit alleging child abuse cover-up

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky agency accused of seeking to cover up mistakes made in a child abuse case has settled a whistleblower's lawsuit against it.

The settlement obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader says the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services paid former internal investigator Bridget Frailley $43,000 on Nov. 13. The Herald-Leader reported in June she sued the agency, saying she refused to falsify her report on how the cabinet's Madison County child-protective office erred by leaving a girl with her father and his then-girlfriend.

The then-8-year-old was taken to a hospital in 2014. Authorities determined she'd been tortured for months. Both the father and ex-girlfriend are now behind bars.

Frailley's attorney, Shane Sidebottom, says she's satisfied with the outcome.

The cabinet didn't respond Thursday to the Herald-Leader's request for comment.



 
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