TOPEKA, Kansas – A federal judge says a Kansas agency must release the results of its internal investigation into the death of a 4-year-old northeast Kansas boy.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Gale rejected an argument from the Department for Children and Families that its investigative report and other documents should be kept secret.
The ruling Friday comes as part of a federal lawsuit against DCF brought by Naomi Boone, the mother of 4-year-old Mekhi Patrick Dean Boone.
The child died in 2013 at the hands of his father, Lee Davis, who’s serving nearly 20 years for second-degree murder. Boone contends the child should not have been placed with his father.
On March 4, 2013, after reportedly being flown to a Kansas City hospital, a DCF worker visited the boy at the hospital and wrote a case activity log, pictured.
The log, right, outlines the abuse suffered by Mekhi Boone. It reads, in part,
“There is not a 2 inch part of his body that doesn’t have bruises[.] He was beat to death.”
The boy was pronounced dead on March 5, 2013.
The judge’s ruling gives DCF 30 days to comply.
A DCF spokeswoman says the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.