11:54am

Tue July 23, 2013
Health and Welfare

Mandatory Drug Tests For Caregivers Considered When A Child Dies

A panel appointed to review severe child abuse and neglect cases is considering a proposal that would require caregivers to submit to drug testing if a child died in their custody. Media reported the Kentucky Child Fatality and New Fatality External Review Panel met Monday and discussed the idea after reviewing the case of an infant who died while sleeping with his parents.

State Chief Medical Examiner Tracey Corey, who is a member of the panel, expressed support for testing caregivers for drugs when a child dies.

Others in the group voiced concerns about the concept would work and said it might be difficult to get legislative support.

State legislators would have to approve any changes to the law.