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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Sharing concerns about children: Cases raise questions about how police are alerted to possible abuse"

Another lengthy story this Sunday from the South Bend Tribune about the "recent closings of local call centers in favor of centralizing all child abuse and neglect calls through Indianapolis." The story, reported by Virginia Black, begins:

A judge declared a former Muncie high school principal guilty Friday in failing to immediately report a 2010 rape allegation in his school, calling into question the definitions of "child abuse"and "immediately."

Meanwhile, a South Bend Police search last week of Department of Child Services intake reports — routinely forwarded to police agencies — turned up nothing referring to a caller’s pleas last spring to stop ongoing abuse at a South Bend home, where a 10-year-old was found dead from abuse six months later.

And in both cases, DCS employees who answered the calls apparently never contacted law enforcement, instead relying on the callers to the 800-800-5556 hotline to also alert police.

The Muncie reference is to the case last blogged in this Nov. 19, 2011 entry headed "Former Principal Wants Failure To Report Case Tossed: Penn State Case, Paterno Cited In Court Brief."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 25, 2012 07:53 PM
Posted to Indiana Government