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Child abuse cases reported in TN are up

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The number of reported child abuse cases reported in the state of Tennessee are up compared to last year's numbers, according to Child Protective Services.

A staff of 40- plus workers who handle child abuse and neglect cases for CPS in Hamilton County say their phones are always ringing.

Hope Tharp, a 27 year veteran at CPS has specifically noticed child abuse cases that involve a parent or close relative doing drugs is up.  Statistics confirm, 7 thousand children throughout Tennessee needed to be placed in state custody as the result of abuse or neglect involving drugs. In Hamilton County, that number is nearly 300 children so far in 2014.

Thorp says, it's better to be safe than sorry, advising anyone who may suspect a child is in danger to call their anonymous hotline 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Not only is it the right thing to do but it's the law.

Thorp says, “everyone in the state of TN is mandated to report any harm towards a child.  This means if they suspect abuse, even if they don't know for sure, they are required by law to report it.”

Their anonymous hotline number is 877-237-0004
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