By Ray Tuers 

Child Abuse Cases Increase During Pandemic


Last updated 4/1/2021 at 11:02am

Center Executive Director Kathie Williams (left) and Program Director Jody McNiel show the "pinwheels for prevention" that are being displayed during April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. (Courtesy photo)

Jenny is a wisp of a girl, at 6 weighing little more than 35 pounds and not 4 feet tall. She has few toys. She wears tattered pink jeans. She has sad eyes, and almost no happy memories.

Unable to attend school because of pandemic closings, she spent most of her time last year inside her mother's shabbily furnished apartment at the rear of a dilapidated house in a poor neighborhood.

Her mother seemed to sleep a lot. She had lost her job because of the pandemic and her reliance on methamphetamine seemed to be growing.

Also, her mother's latest boyfriend was becoming more abusive. A course,...

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