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Child advocates seeing more shaken baby, broken bones, severe physical abuse as pandemic goes on

WCPO |

Reports of child abuse and neglect dropped by nearly 50% in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in the weeks after quarantine restrictions began in March. Now, six months later, as reports of abuse and neglect rebound, child protection workers said they are seeing more severe physical abuse, especially of very young children, than they did in 2019.

Child abuse and neglect reports in Hamilton County are still down 10% from normal levels, after rebounding from a 40% plunge this spring after Ohio officials issued stay-at-home orders. But experts say a greater percentage of abuse hotline calls now are leading to the discovery of severe physical abuse.