- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A volunteer panel reviewing the deaths and near-deaths of abused or neglected children in Kentucky is planning to hire additional staff to analyze hundreds of social worker case files.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1mR6Xkp ) reports that the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel hopes to hire a lawyer by August and additional staff by fall.

The panel was appropriated $420,000 during this year’s legislative session to hire more staff to handle the analysis and recommend how to improve the state’s child-protection system.

Retired Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden told a legislative panel on Thursday that hiring the additional staff will allow the 20-member panel to back the recommendations with solid data. Crittenden says the panel was supposed to meet quarterly but now meets every other month.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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