Child’s death not counted in state’s abuse records

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The death of a 9-year-old Todd County girl, who was fatally bludgeoned by her adoptive brother after a history of alleged abuse in the home, wasn’t counted in the state’s annual report on child abuse deaths.

The report last Thursday said that 18 other children died from abuse or neglect during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The Todd County girl, Amy Dye, died Feb. 4.

Louisville Republican Sen. Julie Denton asked whether the report was sound, if Amy’s death wasn’t included, The Courier-Journal reported (
Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks, also questioned the value of the report and wondered whether other deaths were omitted.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokeswoman Gwenda Bond said officials don’t believe they are required to include the death under the law that defines abuse and neglect.