Kansas bill to require transparency regarding child deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Officials with the Kansas Department for Children and Families are pushing a transparency bill amid criticism of the state's handling of abuse-related child deaths.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the House Judiciary Committee heard on Tuesday a bill proposed by Gov. Jeff Colyer that would require the release of basic information after an abuse-related child death.

The Department for Children and Families disclosures would include a summary of previous reports of mistreatment, the department's recommendation of services for a child, date of the fatality and the child's age and gender.

Shayla Johnston is an attorney representing the family of Evan Brewer, a deceased Wichita boy whose case documents agency officials admitted to altering. Johnston says the bill is a smoke-and-mirror attempt to obscure the state's failure to prevent abuse-related deaths.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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