State must release information in 50 child deaths

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Department of Children's Services must turn over to the media records from the case files of 50 children who died or nearly died after the agency became involved with them.

Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy on Wednesday also ordered that the state must bear the cost of redacting identifying information from the records. The media organizations will pay the cost of making copies.

The group of plaintiffs is led by The Tennessean newspaper and includes The Associated Press.

In September, The Tennessean requested the records of all the children involved with DCS who had died or nearly died between 2009 and mid-2012. The state produced only bare-bones summaries and later acknowledged it did not know how many children had died during that period.


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