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Casey Roebuck, Reporter

Nevada #1 in Child Deaths Due to Child Abuse

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(March 4) -- The Nevada Assembly is considering a bill to let judges decide which court hearings on child abuse cases would be open to the public. There have been some recent cases of serious child abuse that we've told you about.

Just yesterday Alejandra Sanchez and her husband German (air-mon) Suarez-Sanchez were in court charged with torturing and killing their two and a half year old daughter. Police arrested both after the girl died at UMC last Sunday. The lower half of the girl's body was covered with burns.

And in another case 20-year-old Peter Gonzalez faces charges with murdering his girlfriend's three-year-old son. The boy was brought to sunrise hospital Friday with signs of abuse. He died several hours later.

Those recent cases of child abuse reflect a sad statistic in Nevada--our state tops the list when it comes to child deaths per capita due to child abuse. 

Sadly, Nevada tops the list when it comes to child deaths per capita due to child abuse. That comes from a 2001 report published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
 
Ann Rubin with the Clark County Department of Family Services says in most cases, the young victims are from families with financial troubles and drug problems:  “You'll see it over and over again, one theme that runs through almost all of our cases is substance abuse or alcohol abuse by the parents.”

Child Deaths In America*

1. Nevada
2. Illinois
3. Louisiana
4. Maryland
5. Alaska

Source: Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

 

The report lists Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland and Alaska following Nevada as the top five states where the death rate is high among children between 0-17 years old.

County workers urge people to call; a child's life could be at stake. Just to give you an idea of how prevalent child abuse is, the Children's Center for Abused and Neglected Children is usually full all the time.

CPS workers say people should not be afraid to "tell" on one of their neighbors because their policy is to not reveal who reported the abuse. The local Child Abuse Hotline is 399-0081.

Childhelp USA®
National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD®
(1-800-422-4453)

TDD/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-2-A-CHILD
(1-800-222-4453)

Available 24 hours a day 

RELATED LINKS: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information:
The nation's largest database of child maltreatment and related child welfare materials.  Includes publications, fact sheets, searchable databases, child abuse reporting telephone numbers, statistics, and summaries and analyses of state laws. 

 

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