- Associated Press - Friday, December 1, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky agency accused of trying to cover up mistakes in a child abuse case in which a girl was tortured has settled a whistleblower’s lawsuit, a newspaper reports.

As part of a sealed settlement on Nov. 13, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services paid former internal investigator Bridget Frailley $43,000, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported. It said it obtained the terms of the settlement in Franklin Circuit Court through the Open Records Act.

The Herald-Leader reported in June that Frailley sued the agency, saying she had refused to falsify her reports on how the cabinet’s child-protective office in Madison County erred by leaving a girl with her father and his then-girlfriend.

In the case, the then-8-year-old was taken to a hospital in 2014. She was malnourished and covered with bruises and sores, authorities said, adding they determined the child had been tortured for months. Both the father and his onetime girlfriend are now behind bars.

Frailley is satisfied with the outcome of the case, her attorney Shane Sidebottom said. According to Frailley’s suit, she also was given a new job after being demoted and involuntarily transferred following a Herald-Leader story in February that quoted her reports.

The cabinet did not respond to a request Thursday for comment from the Herald-Leader.


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

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