Child Protection Center Sees an Uptick in Referrals
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Kansas City center that specializes in interviewing young crime victims for law enforcement is seeing a sharp increase in law enforcement referrals for young victims and witnesses.
The center's director says the additional referrals don't mean there's an increase in the number of physical child abuse cases. Director Beth Banker says the increase comes after Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker made it clear that prosecuting physical child abuse cases was one of her priorities.
The Kansas City Star reports the center recorded a 78 percent increase in referrals from law enforcement in physical child abuse cases in the first six months of 2013, compared with the same time in 2012. And it had a 59 percent increase in referrals to interview children who have witnessed child abuse.