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January 22, 2005

Tasmania child abuse notifications increase

January 2005

The number of notifications of suspected child abuse in Tasmania has increased from around 700 to more than 7,000 over a 12 month period.

Between 2003 and 2004 authorities received 7,250 calls about suspected child abuse or "notifications".

In the previous year, there were just 740.

The authors of the Institute of Health and Welfare report attribute the increase to changes in reporting methods, not an increase in abuse.

Under the new system introduced in mid-2003, all calls received and not just those which are substantiated, are included in the tally.

The report also found neglect was the most common form of abuse, and that only 18 per cent of reported cases were fully investigated.

Posted by Nancy at 02:51 PM | Comments (0)

Child death probe leads police to father in Huntsville

January 22, 2005 [Associated Press]

ORLANDO, Fla. Florida authorities say the husband of a woman accused of killing their four-year-old daughter has been arrested in Huntsville, Alabama. He will be sent back to Orange County, Florida to face aggravated child-abuse charges.

Police said 25-year-old Nathan Gadison was picked up Tuesday. He is not considered a suspect in the death of young Kai Gadison. But the Orange County sheriff's homicide detectives who interviewed Gadison in Alabama said he admitted hitting his kids as well as failing to protect the children from his wife, 27-year-old Kenya Hill. She's charged with first-degree murder and child abuse.

Detectives have spoken with Gadison a few times by phone since Kai was found dead in a filthy motel room shared with her mother and four siblings last month. At one point, Gadison agreed to return to Florida to answer questions, but that never happened.

Authorities received a break when Gadison called Detective Mark Hussey and Hussey told him that he was cleared in the little girl's death and would gladly mail him a sheriff's report. Gadison disclosed a Huntsville address, and he was arrested soon after.

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Portales man indicted on child abuse charge

January 22, 2005 [Associated Press]

Clovis - A Portales man is accused of causing head injuries to his three-month-old son. The infant was seen at Roosevelt General Hospital on New Year's eve and then airlifted to Texas hospital.

Medical reports say he suffered internal injuries to the brain.

Twenty-four-year-old Robert Neely told police he had fallen on the child while watching him. The investigation determined Neely's story was inconsistent with the injuries.

District Attorney Matthew Chandler says Neely was indicted by a grand jury yesterday on a charge of first-degree child abuse.

Neely was being held on a 50-thousand-dollar cash-only bond.

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