Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled on Wednesday that a child's right to privacy is diminished after the child dies and the more important concern becomes what the state did or did not do to try to prevent the death.
The Chancellor directed DCS to file with the court an estimate of how long it will take to redact the confidential information from the summaries of the more than 200 other requested files and the costs involved.
The records then must be turned over to 12 news media organizations that sued under Tennessee's public records law. The media coalition was led by The Tennessean and included The Associated Press.
In related news, Tennessee officials have discovered nine more cases of children who died during the past two years while under the supervision of the state Department of Children's Services,