KY Child protection system scrutinized

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - During the past decade, nearly 270 Kentucky children died of abuse or neglect.

In more than half of those cases, state officials already knew of or suspected problems, The Courier-Journal of Louisville reports.

A recent report found that during one recent 12-month period, 41 children died - the highest rate of any state. The report was issued by the Every Child Matters Education Fund, a Washington child-advocacy group.

In a review of the problem, the Louisville newspaper found that child-protection officials, day-care workers, and parents, friends and relatives missed signs of abuse.

The newspaper reports that while reports of abuse have risen, the rate at which social workers substantiated child abuse and neglect has declined.

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