Politics & Government

Judge rules that suit about child records be heard in state court

A judge has ordered that a lawsuit alleging that the state is improperly withholding records about child deaths be heard in state court.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services wanted the complaint heard in federal court.

However, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves said the agency's arguments for having the case decided in federal court were incorrect.

The Lexington Herald-Leader and The (Louisville) Courier-Journal filed the lawsuit in January.

The action alleges that the cabinet is improperly blocking public access to records about children who die or are severely injured as a result of abuse or neglect while in the state's care.

It also claims that the cabinet improperly adopted regulations in January that would limit information about the actions of child-protection workers in such cases.

The cabinet has argued that it acted properly and that the records are exempt from disclosure.