Child Abuse Prevention Month

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

An abundance of blue balloons were released Thursday afternoon in front of the Bowling Green City Hall. The reason is to mark the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Bowling Green Mayor Sandy Jones and Warren County Magistrate Cedric Burnam were in attendance and led the program with the reading of a proclamation. Dawn Long, with the Child Advocacy Center, says the most important thing communities can do to help is report abusive situations. Long says it's the only way police can get involved.

Several activities are planned this month to spread the word about child abuse, beginning with the Teddy Bear Run this Saturday.

This month, as we focus on Child Abuse Prevention, many can't help but remember the 1996 death of an abandoned newborn discovered in a garbage truck. Now, nearly eight years and hundreds of leads later, police still do not know the identity of the baby's biological parents.

WBKO recently revisited this case and learned that year after year, someone mysteriously continues to place flowers and gifts on the grave of Baby Doe. Because of the statute of limitations, we are told, even if the parents did come forward, they could not be punished or prosecuted.

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