Educating Families About Domestic Violence

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Alcoholic Berea Woman Arrested for Child Abuse

On May 14, 2017 a 36-year-old woman was arrested by the Berea police for fourth degree assault and endangering the well-being of a minor (child abuse). Police officers made the arrest at her residence in Berea after receiving a disturbance call from a concerned neighbor.

Neighbor’s Statement

When questioned by the police, the neighbor said he saw the mother engaging in a verbal altercation with a child outside her home. He was concerned about the safety of the child because such an altercation had been occurring on an ongoing basis. Also, he said that he had gone over to the home to check on the child. When the mother opened the door, he could see that the child was scared and shaking. Then, she admitted to him that she had been drinking.

Child Abuse Under the Influence

When Berea police officers spoke to the child, they found out that the mother had a tendency to become abusive when she is under the influence of alcohol. The child also said that she had pulled her hair, threw her to the floor, and punched her on that day. The mother was noticeably drunk when she was confronted by the officers. She admitted that she drank vodka and spanked the minor on her backside, but denied that she pulled her hair. Police arrested the mother and sent her to the detention center, but she was released on the same day, according to online jail records.

Reporting Child Abuse

In this case, prompt reporting from a concerned neighbor had saved the child from further abuse. Child abuse can have devastating effects on a child both in the present and future. If left unattended, it can result in severe physical, psychological, or social problems, or even death. Children are less likely to report child abuse and domestic violence, and it is usually up to adults, within or outside their households, to protect them from maltreatment.

Child abuse is more common than you may think. According to research conducted by the Administration for Children and Families, there were child abuse reports involving 7.2 million children in 2015. If you are aware that child abuse or domestic violence is happening around you, do not hesitate to report it. Besides 911, you can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) or the Hope’s Wings helpline (1-877-HOPE-040).

Remember, one phone call is all it takes to end the pain and suffering of an innocent child, and restore his or her faith in humanity. — Jane Sandwood

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