Sunday, April 7, 2013

Child Abuse on Rise in Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Unrelated adults have more often been placed in childcare roles lately, and they are often the prime suspects in child-abuse cases here.
This was one finding by Susann Clinton, a nurse practitioner who interviews and collects evidence on behalf of abused children at Flagstaff Medical Center.
Children with developmental disabilities (requiring extra care) face more severe forms of physical abuse than other children, and girls face sexual abuse from male non-relatives more often than boys, Clinton said Friday.
Non-relatives providing childcare are accounting for the bulk of child-abuse cases here, said another health worker who reviews child fatalities as head of a Coconino County team attempting to prevent child deaths.

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