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Federal panel seeks ideas to protect children

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A federal commission is looking for new methods that could be used to help stop deadly child abuse.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1GwwnZg) reports the panel of presidential and congressional appointees met last week in Memphis to discuss ideas that might add more protections for vulnerable children.

Chris Newlin, executive director of the National Children's Advocacy Center, said one new idea would be to pull the addresses of newborns and see if police have responded to domestic violence or animal control calls at those locations. He said a multidisciplinary team could review cases that raise red flags and begin to work to prevent abuse before it happens.

The newspaper reports that idea might have helped 3-year-old Dakota Arndt, who was allegedly beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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