LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A law strengthening on-the-job
protections for social workers was signed into law by Gov. Ernie
Fletcher on Thursday, six months after a worker was slain while
taking an infant boy to visit his mother.
The legislation, named in Boni Frederick's honor, includes $6
million to hire 60 to 80 additional social workers and to improve
safety procedures. The law will result in better security at social
workers' offices and a safer environment for visits between birth
parents and abused or neglected children. Social workers also will
have around-the-clock access to criminal records.
"I would hope, first of all, that we don't have to attend any
more funerals of our workers," Fletcher said, with a number of
social workers looking on. "Even though it wasn't everything that
we wanted, it is a very good start."
Frederick died in October after being stabbed and beaten when
she took a 10-month-old boy for a visit at his mother's house. The
youngster was found safe and returned to foster care after a
The boy's mother and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to
murder, kidnapping, robbery and theft.
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