The state is now releasing some of the documents outlining care for children who died or nearly died while being supervised by the state.
Internal reviews started being released to the media yesterday. It's the result of a long legal battle between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the state's two biggest newspapers. The internal reviews are from 2009 and 2010.
Governor Steve Beshear ordered the release of the documents after a Franklin Circuit Judge had ordered the same action a couple of weeks earlier. Even with the release, the Cabinet is still coming under intense scrutiny from media across Kentucky due to heavy redactions that don’t allow stories of abused children to be told in their completeness.
The breaking point in this ongoing story was likely a local death—that of 9-year old Amy Dye of Todd County—who sustained a lifetime of alleged abuse before being beaten to death by her brother Garrett Dye near their Dogwood Road home on February 4th.