WAVE 3 Editorial – Nov. 22, 2011: Child Abuse

By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

The litany of horrors shakes you to your core.

  • Bullitt County: A teenager kills his girlfriend's four-month old baby and a two-year old suffers wounds throughout his body at the hands of his mother's boyfriend.
  • Butler County: A man convicted of throwing and killing his girlfriend's five –month old daughter.
  • Jefferson County: Police look for a man who threw a lit cigarette at his girlfriend's six-month old baby.

All are news stories in the past month!

Kentucky leads the nation in the rate of child abuse deaths.

A Franklin County judge is trying to help curb this menace.  He ordered the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open its records in the case of nine year old Amy Dye from Todd County, who was beaten to death by her teenage foster brother after the Cabinet ignored repeated reports from school officials that Amy was being abused in the same home where an earlier case of abuse had been confirmed by the Cabinet.

Why didn't the Cabinet tell police about the abuse reports when the law requires it? Why hasn't the Cabinet released their annual report on child abuse deaths and injuries as required by law by September 1? Why didn't the state do a required internal review of Amy Dye's death?

All Kentuckians should demand more transparency and accountability from this critically important cabinet office.

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