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Head of Tennessee Children’s Services resigns after 150 children die under her care

By Mason White 11:08 AM February 10, 2013
Kate O’Day

By: Ryan Lee Hall
Many people are outraged after it was discovered that more than 150 children died after being taken away from their families and put into foster care.

Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, resigned, amid an investigation of at least 151 children who died under her care, in a period of three and a half year.

At a press release, Governor Bill Haslam, announced that Kate O’Day, who was the head of Tennessee Children’s Services, resigned. But he did not say if justice will be done for the poor souls who died. The governor has not said if there will be an investigation or charges brought, nor was their any admission of wrongdoing.

The department has been informed of the death of 151 children in its custody, between January 2009 and July 2012.
According to the local newspaper, in the first six months of 2012 there were 31 deaths among children, from newborns to teenagers.

 The DCS originally reported the deaths including infants, toddlers and young grad-school students. The causes of death were bodily injury, included fractures, gunshot wounds, natural causes and exposure to drugs.

 For now, the department of Children’s Services is being monitored by a third party. They discovered additional unreported deaths according to reports, to which the Department of Children’s Services explained that it was unreported due to human error.