Suicide Prompts Call for Youth Agency Probe in Kentucky


A top official with Kentucky's Court Appointed Special Advocates program has asked Kentucky State Police to investigate operations of the program that serves abused and neglected children in the court system, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. The request comes two weeks after the death of Executive Director Alex Blevins, 31, who was found dead in his car Jan. 22 near his Indiana home in an apparent suicide. Addia Wuchner, president of the CASA board, said she asked state police special investigations to handle the case and the agency has agreed. She said the CASA executive board supported the decision.

Wuchner, a Republican state representative from Burlington, declined to say why she asked state police to get involved. “Obviously there were some areas of concern,” she said. Wuchner said following Blevins' “tragic death” the CASA executive committee wants to ensure the agency is on sound footing as it plans for the future. CASA assigns trained volunteers to represent children in the state's family court system. It receives no state money and its annual budget of about $227,000 comes from fundraising and private donations. Blevins served as CASA director for seven years and was considered a tireless advocate for the program.

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