Mom credited for change in child abuse case

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Abused or neglected children include those whose health or welfare is harmed or at risk of harm when his or her guardian inflicts or creates risk for physical or emotional injury, displays patterns of substance abuse, abandons or exploits the child, or does not provide the child with adequate care. Two other events were planned for Jamestown and Dunkirk. She said gathering in the center of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge symbolizes the combined efforts of agencies on both sides of the river in combatting child abuse and neglect, a problem that knows no state lines.

"It's important that people know that (child abuse) does happen", Piazza said. "Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment", they said.

Child protection officials say the increase in cases is likely driven by increased awareness, changes to child protection laws and the opioid epidemic.

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Barney is executive director of a child advocacy center in Frankfort called Quiton's House. He said it's important to bring more attention to child abuse awareness and to "shine a spotlight on it".

The training summit held by the organization Alliance for Children encourages the community to address and end child maltreatment in Georgia. "This is not, 'How many touchdowns can you get",' the judge said.

"It's not just about them, it's about us", she girl said in the video.

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The signs of child abuse aren't always visible, but a public display is hoping to draw more attention to the problem.

A Platte County Court judge credited a Columbus mother on Thursday for making some changes in her parenting before setting a date for the city woman to be sentenced for her conviction of committing negligent child abuse nearly a year ago.

In other cases, however, the deaths are a result of "pure evil", a more hard problem to combat, he said.

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