Vermont senators mull subpoena for abuse documents

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MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont senators are considering using subpoena power to obtain child abuse documents.

The senate review panel on child protection will discuss a draft resolution to grant subpoena power for the panel to review certain confidential documents related to child abuse cases. Co-chair of the panel Sen. Dick Sears says he and co-chair Sen. Claire Ayer are in agreement that subpoena power is the right step, but he does not know if the panel is in consensus.

Senators will also hear about protocols from professionals on the frontline of child abuse cases including child advocacy groups and police investigators.

The panel formed in the wake of a Rutland County toddler's death in February.


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