Fort Bragg Moves Toward County Involvement In Child Abuse Cases
Posted May 30, 2002 3:00 a.m. EDT
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Each year, more than 100,000 child abuse cases are reported in North Carolina; one-third of those cases are confirmed. In 2000, 30 children died from abuse.
The problem of child abuse is especially great in Cumberland County, where one out of every 12 children suffers abuse. Last year, 1,700 children were reportedly abused.
A lot of those cases involved military families, and now Fort Bragg may get help in dealing with child abuse.
The Department of Social Services already investigates child abuse cases at Fort Bragg. Now it wants the authority to remove children from the post and place them into county custody.
A District Court judge ruled against the request.
On Wednesday post leaders agreed to give the county authority in child abuse cases after the Secretary of the Army gives final approval.
Child abuse and neglect is a special concern to Fort Bragg. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the post held a shoe memorial for abused children in Cumberland County. More than 200 of pairs of shoes represented military parents.
Now with a move toward county involvement, child abuse advocates hope to see fewer abuse cases next year.