Beshear orders records opened in child death cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered a child
welfare agency to release investigative records in cases of child
abuse deaths.
Beshear announced the move in a Capitol news conference on
Tuesday. He had been under pressure from child welfare advocates to take the action.
The governor, who won re-election to a second term earlier this
month, said his order calls for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and
Family Services to release all records from its reviews of deaths
and near deaths from abuse and neglect, absent certain information
that would identify confidential tipsters.
Kentucky has long kept such records confidential. Beshear said
Tuesday that he is mindful that many people believe the records
should remain confidential but that some recent deaths makes clear
that changes are needed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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