Judge Orders Disclosure of Some DCS Records

Jan 24, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled that the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide to the public the records of children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports they’d been abused or neglected.

Judge Carol McCoy is giving the department 10 days to redact confidential information from documents that serve as case summaries for four specific cases. The records then must be turned over to 12 news media organizations that sued under Tennessee's public records law, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press.

The department also must file with the court an estimate of how long it will take to redact the confidential information from the summaries of an additional 200 or so requested files and the costs involved.