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$5,000 Bond for Kicking Infant????

Indifference toward Child Abuse
There is no excuse for Indifference toward Child Abuse

Daycare worker charged after video captures kicking

HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) — A daycare worker on Florida’s Gulf Coast faces child abuse charges after authorities say video captured her kicking a 16-month-old girl several times.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reports 49-year-old Linda Klemm was supervising children Saturday at Kids Stop-N-Play in Holiday when surveillance video captured Klemm kicking the top of a sleeping child’s head and then dragging the bottom of her foot across the left side of the child’s face. About 10 minutes later, after the child falls back asleep, Klemm is seen forcefully kicking the child.

The child’s mother reportedly noticed abrasions when she picked the girl up later and called authorities. Deputies responded and reviewed the surveillance video.

Klemm was jailed Saturday and then released Sunday on a $5,000 bail. It wasn’t clear if she had an attorney.

Second-degree Aggravated Assault????

Mother throws baby into ocean

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Police have charged a 23-year-old woman with second-degree aggravated assault for allegedly throwing her 1-month-old Baby into the ocean in Atlantic City.

Sgt. Monica McMenamin tells The Press of Atlantic City that “Patricia Shurig was seen throwing the infant into the water Sunday afternoon near the end of Pacific Avenue in the city’s Inlet section, then Shurig jumped in”.

Bystanders plunged into the water and pulled the two to shore, and a fisherman gave the

Baby CPR. Both were treated at a hospital.
Shurig is being held on $100,000 bail. It was not immediately known if she has a lawyer.

McMenamin praised the “bravery of those men who jumped into the ocean to rescue Shurig and the Baby”.

Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths Hit 30 Year High Last Year in Illinois

Child Abuse on the Rise in Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. — Child deaths caused by Abuse and Neglect hit a 30 year high last year, according to the Illinois Department of Children and family services.

But there’s a local organization stepping up to help those children.

The Pediatric Resource Center in Peoria sees an increase in Child Abuse cases every year, both Physical and Sexual Abuse. Already in 2014, they have 10 percent more cases than last year.

“It’s hard for our case coordinators to keep up, it’s hard for the medical staff to keep up. We’re seeing difficulty with DCFS and law enforcement, for them to keep up as well,” said Dr. Channing Petrak, the Medical Director for the Pediatric Resource Center.

When a Ahild Abuse case is reported and a referral is made to the Pediatric Resource Center, the child is given a complete physical, a head to toe exam and any necessary tests. Then that child’s full medical history is reviewed.

“We need to make sure that the child doesn’t have injuries that are unnoticed and that they have testing done for infections that might be unnoticed as well, for their long-term health,” Dr. Petrak said. “It’s also important for the child to know that they’re healthy and they’re okay. That’s very important for the child.”

Officials say the high numbers don’t necessarily mean there are more cases of abuse, it could also mean more people are recognizing the signs of an abused child.

“As the numbers are increasing, we are hopeful that the number of cases that are unreported is decreasing,” said the President of the Pediatric Resource Center Community Advisory Board, Kathy Miller.

The center is funded entirely through grants and private donors. And with the increase in cases means the center needs additional staff to handle it.

“Child abuse is hard to talk about, it’s hard to even think about,” Miller said. “But I believe every child deserves a life that is safe from Physical and Sexual Abuse.”

The Pediatric Resource Center’s “Harvesting Hope” fall fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 25 at the the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria. The event includes live music and a live and silent auction.

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