Prosecutor: Community can help reduce child abuse

Montgomery County CARE House (WDTN PhotoMaytal Levi)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Several child abuse cases have been in the headlines recently.

2 NEWS wanted to learn more about the people responsible for fighting those cases.  Montgomery County’s CARE House sees 10 to 15 cases of child abuse every week.

“There’s a lot of cases that stick with you, that you think about,” said Kelly Madzey, Montgomery County supervising attorney of child abuse bureau.

Madzey says already this year she has seen more than 400 child abuse cases come across her desk, the majority of them involve sexual abuse.

“I gave up trying to understand how or why people could act on a child like that or how they could sexualize a child,” said Madzey.

Recently, these types of cases have made national headlines from former Subway spokesman, Jared Fogle, allegedly paying for sex with minors, to recently here in the Miami Valley, where a Bellefontaine woman is accused of killing her three sons.

“It’s disbelief.  You cannot believe people treat their children or any young child that way.  It’s hard to believe and unimaginable, but it does happen,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck.

Heck says it is essential to say something if you see something.

The county has one of the newest facilities in the country dealing with child abuse.  Heck says the goal of CARE House is for child victims to only tell their story once.

“A young boy said why do people have to keep asking me what happened,” said Heck.

Since CARE House opened in 1999, victim advocates have helped more than 9,000 children.

The new building located at 410 Valley Street was built with the help of local donations.

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