DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An organization made up of doctors is asking for help in curbing child abuse.
It Is the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics or the AAP.
The group wants to remind everyone, from the mail carrier to the clerk at the grocery, to know what child abuse looks like and to report it.
This is Takota Hasty. He was a toddler who was so severely beaten and burned, he died last year, a few days after he was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.
His mother and her boyfriend faced combined charges of involuntary manslaughter, murder, tampering with evidence and child abuse.
There are approximately 600 children each year in this community who come through these doors at CareHouse, an agency on Valley St. in Dayton.
CareHouse secures the safety of kids who are sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused.
“It’s not comfortable to step up and intervene, but it’s what needs to happen,” said Libby Nichols, Executive Director of Carehouse.
The AAP offers the following indicators that may suggest a child was physically abused:
- The child has had repeated injuries that are unexplainable or unusual
- He appears withdrawn, passive, depressed and cries a lot
- Conversely, he is unusually aggressive, disruptive in the classroom or destructive of his personal property
- The child seems genuinely afraid of a parent or other caregiver
- Appears hesitant to go home after school
- The child’s parents are isolated from other mothers and fathers in the neighborhood
- The parent is unwilling to talk about his or her child’s injuries
Call 224-KIDS for more information or visit the Montgomery County Children Services web site.