Panel Reviewing Child Deaths Won't Get Full Files

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A panel created to review child deaths and severe abuse or neglect cases will have access only to files that have been redacted.

The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal report the announcement on Tuesday at the group's first meeting, caused concern from some members, such as Sen. Julie Denton, who said it might be difficult for the commission to accomplish its purpose.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the files will contain only details that have been deemed public record, because the panel's meetings are open to the public.

Gov. Steve Beshear created the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel in July, after months of media scrutiny over the handling of child abuse cases.

The panel is expected to recommend how the state can better protect children.

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