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CARY — We trust that our kids will be safe at day care centers, but danger cancome from within -- in the form of another child.

Anne Caspar owns a Cary day care center. She says that the has had toremove children who were endangering others. However, she tries to handlethe problems early.

The Governor's Commission on Juvenile Justice says that the number ofjuveniles arrested is increasing daily. Still, the Commission's MarciaMorey says that it's rarefor a very young child to commit a violent crime.

Therapists say that violent behavior does not happen once -- it becomes apattern. They say that part of the treatment can consist of both theparents and theschool working together to reach out to the child in new ways.

The state has no special training school for juvenile offendersyounger than ten years of age. Young children convicted of violent crimesmay stay at home and receive therapy, or they could be sent to a group orfoster home.

Juvenile crime is a growing problem in the Tarheel State. Just ten yearsago, North Carolina courts dealt with 19,000 juvenilecases. Last year, that number jumped by more than a third.

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