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Posted on: August 15, 2010

CYFD Speaks Out About Child Abuse In Dona Ana County


Phil Anaya-KFOX News Reporter

Posted: 6:11 pm MDT July 21, 2010Updated: 9:29 pm MDT July 21, 2010

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — After the recent death of 5-year-old Angel Barron, who Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Deputies said died from abuse of her own mother, as well as several other recent severe child abuse cases, many are wondering why some people are continuing to hurt their children. KFOX news reporter Phil Anaya went to Albuquerque to speak with New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department spokeswoman Romaine Serna about the issue.“I think that we’re all trying to figure out why Dona Ana (County) is experiencing these cases that are just tragic,” said Serna.Serna said child abuse isn’t on the rise, but cases are becoming more severe. At an overall state level, she said it’s hard to tell what part of New Mexico has the biggest problem with child abuse, but statistics from May 2009 to May 2010 show that CYFD investigated 231 cases, or about 19 a month. That state average during the same time frame was 179 cases, or 14 a month.Even with some cases of child abuse resulting in death, CYFD stands firm in that it’s doing the it can to protect children.“I think that’s a really hard question to answer, because when you had a child die to abuse, it’s hard to say we did the very best possible. But that doesn’t mean CYFD didn’t follow our policy our procedures and didn’t make decisions based on the information we had available to us at that point,” said Serna.Serna said unless someone has worked for Child Protective Services, judgment and finger-pointing should be limited. Furthermore, she said the community can have some faith that CYFD is being held accountable because there are plenty of other agencies and organizations keeping it on its toes.CYFD said it is under the scrutiny of judges, countywide citizens review boards, court-appointed special advocate programs, the New Mexico Children’s Code and probably its biggest critic, the federal government.“The feds come in, the Children’s Bureau comes in and reviews states, and if you don’t meet the criteria set forth, then they have the ability to set monetary sanctions,” said Serna.Serna said, at the end of the day, there’s really only one person or people who can take full blame for child abuse.“I don’t think we should lose sight of the true perpetrator here and that’s the individual who caused harm on the child,” said Serna.CYFD said it is working on a way to make reporting child abuse easier for others. It’s hoping to have an easy hyphen to hyphen remember four digit phone number the same way New Mexico does for DWIs.And since the death of Angel Barron, CYFD has also announced it will be hosting a community forum in Las Cruces. The event will be Tuesday, July 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dona Ana County Government Building at 845 Motel Blvd.

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