DCS wants media to pay $55K for child death records

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By Anita Wadhwani / The Tennessean

The Department of Children's Services estimates it will cost $55,584 to turn over the records of children who have died after having some interaction with the agency.

State lawyers filed the estimates Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court in response to a lawsuit by The Tennessean and a dozen other media outlets around the state, including WBIR-TV.

The judge ordered DCS to provide redacted copies of the files of more than 200 children who died or nearly died since 2009 after having some contact with the $650 million child protective agency.

The filing Monday contains a "Schedule for Reasonable Charges" for retrieving, redacting, transporting and providing the files.

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