Social Worker Faces Firing after Helping 7-Year-Old Girl

Jun 30, 2015

A northern Kentucky social worker is facing possible termination by her employer after she says she helped a neglected and abused 7-year-old girl.

The Courier-Journal ( ) reports that Boone County social worker Karey Cooper could be punished by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services for assisting the girl because another worker had already closed the cabinet's case on the girl's family.

Cooper says she did not know about the girl's closed file when she saw the girl at school looking hungry and unkempt.

For the past six weeks, Cooper has been removed from her field duties and assigned to type case notes while her supervisors consider what action to take.

Cabinet officials declined to comment on Cooper's situation, saying they don't comment on pending personnel actions.