Officials encourage community members to report child abuse

Billboard encourages reporting child abuse (Eric Pointer/WDTN photo)
Billboard encourages reporting child abuse (Eric Pointer/WDTN photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The growing heroin epidemic is now having an impact on our children and leaders in our community say they’re taking a stand to stop to it.

2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen HEARD their plan for combating abuse. The number of child abuse cases in Montgomery County is down compared to previous years.

Going from roughly 34-hundred cases in 2014, to 31-hundred in 2015. But just in the last quarter cases have seen a slight uptick. The newest data shows a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in America.

And here in Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck says his office files criminal felony charges against an abuser once per week. That’s why the prosecutor is unveiling three new billboard designs that will begin appearing throughout Montgomery County advocating against child abuse.

Heck says the biggest issue in 2016 is the growing heroin epidemic and it’s impact on child abuse.

“We have some parents who are selling their beds, selling their children’s cribs, selling food, whatever it is in order to get money to feed their drug habit,” Heck said. “It has to stop and we have to protect our children.”

And heck says he’s encouraging everyone in the community to take action. He’s says if you see child abuse have the courage to come forward and report it. You can report child abuse by calling 224-KIDS. For more information on child abuse resources, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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