Governor orders release of child abuse death records

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has ordered a child welfare agency to do something it's never done - release records relating to child abuse deaths.

Beshear announced Tuesday that he would ask the Kentucky Legislature to pass a law to give clear directions on what information should be released in the future. The issue has been brought to the surface after some recent deaths of child abuse victims.

Child advocates want to know if child protection agencies did enough to ensure the safety of the children it was investigating.

"I feel like that at this point, we need to take some additional steps to be more transparent in the release of our records and that's why we are taking those steps today," said Beshear.

Beshear said he wants Kentucky to join nearly three dozen other states that require mandatory release of information in child abuse death cases.

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