A joint newspaper investigation shows the Missouri Department of Social Services’ practice of releasing information after the deaths or near deaths of children has come to a sudden and unexplained end.
After high-profile tragedies a decade ago, the Missouri state system charged with protecting children began releasing records previously closed to the public.
But the Springfield News-Leader and The Kansas City Star report the openness ended in June after a 10-year-old girl was freed from a Kansas City closet weighing 32 pounds.
Department officials refuse to talk about the case, but court records show the 10-year-old girl was hospitalized as a 4-year-old because she was so underweight.
Soon after the mother regained custody, the girl dropped out of sight.
Missouri D-S-S has never explained why it suddenly shut off its public information.
– Bob Hamilton, KMOX News