Covering Kentucky

Jun 20, 2012 12:48 PM

Records: Social Workers Knew About Abusive Past

FRANKFORT (AP) - Documents released by a state agency show social workers knew that a western Kentucky man convicted in the death of his daughter had an abusive history before the child's death.

The Lexington Herald-Leader cited documents released Friday by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in reporting that social workers found out about Jesse Allison's past more than a year before the September 2009 death of his 7-month-old daughter, Ariel Allison, but decided he didn't pose a risk.

Allison was convicted last month of reckless homicide in the girl's death. Documents obtained by child-protection workers in 2008 show he admitted in 2000 to beating an infant.

Cabinet spokeswoman Jill Midkiff responded to questions about the state's inaction by describing the case as "a sad and complex situation."

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