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High-ranking DCS employees disciplined

By Derek Stetzler, Producer, dstetzler@wcyb.com
Published On: May 02 2013 07:50:43 AM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 04:28:49 PM CDT

According to the Associated Press, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has disciplined three high-ranking employees over child death record-keeping.\

The Tennessean cited internal memos in reporting the demotion of team coordinator Lisa Lund, who appealed the penalty and was reinstated with a two-day unpaid suspension.

The documents also noted the two-day suspension of Director of Child Safety Marjahna Hart, who is Lund's supervisor. Also disciplined was Carla Aaron the executive director of child safety, who oversees both Hart and Lund. Aaron received a written warning.

The Tennessean and other news organizations, including The Associated Press, sued the department to obtain records of children who died after agency contact with them.

The three employees are on the Child Fatality Review Team, which fell behind and failed to follow department policies, leading to court-ordered reforms.