Many victims of violent crime have the ability to reach out and have a voice when violated. Unfortunately, sometimes their voice falls unheard. Some victims, especially young victims, have a hard time finding help and sometimes fall through the cracks of a system designed to protect them.
In Mecklenburg County, a 3-year-old boy was critically injured and it appears his injuries may have been preventable if the system put in place to protect children had not failed him. After a report of possible abuse was filed, the boy’s mother was uncooperative so that the Mecklenburg County Social Services could not find her. It is now questionable whether social services did all possible to investigate the allegations of abuse and find the boy prior to him being critically injured.
Concerns over the child’s welfare began being reported in March. At that time, it was known that the 3-year-old and his mother were staying at a motel in West Charlotte. The mother and the child were still staying in the same hotel in May, when the child was found to have serious head injuries.
Questions as to why social services did not investigate when concerns were originally reported have not been answered. Witnesses express their discontent at the efforts made by the department. They feel that police should have knocked down the door when original concerns were raised and the mother was uncooperative.
The mother and her boyfriend have now been charged with felony child abuse and the boyfriend has also been charged with first-degree sex offence and indecent liberties with a child. The boy is now recovering at a local hospital and has been taken off a respirator. He is listed in fair condition and expected to recover.
The State rules mandate that social workers interview both child abuse victims and their caregivers when they are investigating a complaint. Diligent efforts must be taken to locate children when they are not immediately available. In this case, there were reports the mother and child were staying at the hotel, but it appears social services may not have been aggressive at finding them.
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