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DCS Team Ignored Policies in Reviewing Child Deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A special team within the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services fell behind in reviewing child deaths and ignored its own policies, according to DCS records and staff interviews.
The information was given to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/VUnPrw) on Friday by department spokeswoman Molly Sudderth.
The newspaper is among a number of news organizations — including The Associated Press — suing DCS to obtain more detailed records the agency refuses to release.
The organizations argue the public needs information that would reveal how the state handled cases where children DCS had investigated died or nearly died.

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