State improperly withheld records in child's death

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has violated the state open records law by not releasing records containing information about the death of an eastern Kentucky toddler.

Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver determined that the agency should have provided the records to The Mountain Citizen, a weekly newspaper in Inez.

The newspaper had requested records that would shed light on the death of the 2-year-old boy, who died a year ago.

The agency provided the newspaper with documents that had information redacted. The newspaper then appealed to the attorney general.

Bensenhaver cited recent court rulings that said information about cases involving deaths or serious injuries of children the agency has placed in foster care should be fully disclosed.

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10/15/2012 2:47:50 PM (GMT -4:00)

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