The Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services along with the eight counties listed below implemented a call center know as COLLABOR8. These nine (9) JFS Departments share a telephone and imaging system between counties to service public assistance consumers.
A Sandusky County Grand Jury recently indicted Fremont resident, Kelly Provonsha, on charges of tampering with records and grand theft.
Distinguishing Abuse from Accident
The very nature of childhood invites accidents. Children are curious and fearless. They run, climb, jump, and explore. A child's motor skills usually outpace his cognitive skills, allowing him to approach danger without recognizing it. How can you distinguish between the accidental injury caused by the exuberance of childhood from the nonaccidental injury caused by the abuse of an adult?
When observing injury you suspect might be the result of abuse, consider:
- Where is the injury?
Certain locations on the body are more likely to sustain accidental injury: knees, elbows, shins, the forehead; all are parts of the body which can be injured during an accidental fall or bump. Protected or nonprotuberant parts of the body, such as the back, thighs, genital area, buttocks, back of the legs, or face, are less likely to accidentally come into contact with objects which could cause injury. For example, bruised knees and shins on a toddler are likely to be the result of normal age-related activity; bruises on the lower back are less likely to have been inflicted nonaccidentally.
- How many injuries does the child have? Are there several injuries occurring at one time over a period of time?
The greater the number of injuries, the greater the cause for concern. Unless involved in a serious accident, a child is not likely to sustain a number of different injuries accidentally. Injuries in different stages of healing can suggest a chronological pattern of occurrence.
- What are the size and shape of the injury?
- Does the description of how the injury occurred seem likely?
- Is the injury consistent with the child's developmental capabilities?
- Accidents do happen.