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The reports of child abuse and neglect are up in Cuyahoga County.

In 2017, 88 more child abuse and neglect cases were reported than 2016.

If the numbers tell the story, it’s possible parents in the past may have read a story like this and thought “not me”.

Now, they may be paying more attention, relating…”please don’t let that be me”.

A renewed proactive approach is trying to reach those parents before they reach the brink.

Dr. Lolita McDavid is the Medical Director for Child Advocacy and Protection at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Dr. McDavid emphasized that there is no typical family or profile for abuse.

“Sometimes I hear, Oh they seem like a really nice family that wouldn’t do that. I can’t tell you who is a really nice family that wouldn’t do that. Because we see these numbers every day and often we peel back an onion,” said McDavid.

In 2017, University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital saw an increase of 167 abuse and neglect cases over 2016.

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