LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A judge has given a state agency 30 days to explain why it has redacted information in records two newspapers have requested on child deaths and near deaths.
Media reported Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd told attorneys for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that the issue should have already been taken care, and he ordered the agency's secretary to have a "high-level" official ensure it gets done.
The ruling came during a hearing on the 140 files that The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader have asked the cabinet to turn over. The files detail child deaths and near deaths from 2009 to 2010.
Christina Heavrin, general counsel for the cabinet, said the cabinet will make every effort to comply with the June 10 deadline.