The five children ranged in age from one to seven years old. The one bedroom home had no electricity or heat other than a gas stove with the oven door opened. Used hypodermic needles and dog feces littered areas of the residence where the children were found playing. Because there were no beds where the children were found, they slept with blankets underneath a small card table in the front room. The bathroom had sewage backed up in the tube, leaving no place for the children to bathe.
A subsequent hospital exam revealed that all the children were infected with hepatitis C. The youngest was very ill. His liver was enlarged to the size of an adult’s. The children had needle marks on there feet, legs, arms, and hands from accidental contact with syringes.
Millions of our children; our most precious natural resource are being victimized by tragic and unconscionable epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, the general public is unaware of the extent of child abuse.
These children, victims of outrageous crimes, too often are unable to speak about or against their abusers. Their rage pain is then turned on themselves or others close to them, and the cycle continues. Each state provides its own definitions of child abuse based on minimum standards set by federal law. The federal child abuse and prevention law as amended by keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, defines child abuse and neglect as, any recent act of failure to act on part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act of failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm. Child abuse and neglect are so common. The news is so full of reports about child mistreatment and neglect. More than three million cases of child abuse are reported each year. Of these, thirty-five of one hundred involve physical abuse; fifteen of one-hundred involve neglect. Most child abuse occurs within the family, often by.
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