The state’s independent panel tasked to examine child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect recently reviewed the case of three year old Alayna Adair of Oak Grove, who was allegedly murdered by her father in July of 2011.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports State Community Based Services Commissioner Teresa James said she believed the state may have had the opportunity to ensure the safety of the child, had they intervened according to the policies and practices of the department.
Governor Steve Beshear appointed the panel last summer to review deaths and critical injuries from child abuse or neglect cases in Kentucky and to make recommendations on how to improve Kentucky's child-protection system.
Ms. James called the circumstances leading up to Adair’s death “egregious” and said she doesn’t believe the case to be indicative of the state as a whole.
Former social worker Donna Currey of Elkton was indicted on charges of tampering with public records following Adair’s death. Currey is accused of lying about a visit with Alayna and her father after hospital officials in Clarksville called the state about possible abuse. Currey allegedly only talked to accused killer Charles Morris on the phone according to state records, but made inaccurate notes that she had seen what type of cast the girl was wearing and wrote in her file she believed Alayna to not be in any danger.
Three weeks later, an ambulance was called to Morris’ home and took Adair to the hospital for head trauma which claimed her life.
Currey was also the social worker for nine-year old Amy Dye of Trenton, who was killed by her adopted brother in February of 2011 after a history of alleged abuse, but she has never been charged with any wrongdoing in that case.