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North Las Vegas Police: Rise in child abuse cases

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LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police detectives say the tragedy of child abuse seems to be getting worse.

Detectives said they are going after anyone involved, including those who know about the abuse and do nothing to stop it. 8 News NOW sat down with a father who is in jail accused of beating his 4-month-old son to death.

Zachary Rich sits at the Clark County Detention Center accused of beating his son, Draven, so severely that he died. Rich says he would never hurt his child.

"Absolutely not. I'm a family man. Like, literally, I have two other children that love me to death,” Rich said.

While Rich waits for his case to wind itself through the courts, North Las Vegas Police said there are many other cases waiting for prosecution.

Sergeant Chrissie Coon with North Las Vegas Police said detectives are slammed with a constant stream of child abuse cases. Detectives are finding parents using ordinary household items to carry out abuse.

"Some of these cases can be very violent,” Coon said. "Striking children with instruments like extension cords, coaxial cables, and things of that nature that might be quick to grab."

In one North Las Vegas abuse case, documents show a father struck his son 66 times with a leather shoe. The 11-year-old allegedly had 66 pictures on his phone that his dad deemed inappropriate.

"Really, that becomes a slippery slope, one strike, turns into two, turns into three, turns into 10. And the next thing you know, you've inflicted serious harm on your child,” Coon said.

North Las Vegas Police detectives said, at times, the abusers are fueled with rage and punishments get out of hand.

"It’s very difficult to go in and see such injury caused on these helpless victims by people who are supposed to love them,” Coon added.

Police warn people that who know about abuse and fail to report it are just as guilty in the eyes of the law as the abusers themselves. Detectives said child abuse victims will often times have bruises on their forearms or backs from trying to protect themselves.

Investigators said some other warning signs are changes in behavior, like not wanting to talk, being withdrawn or changes in eating habits.

If you believe you know a child that is being abused or neglected, call (702) 399-0081 or go to Clark County Family Services website to submit a form online. 
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