The Ely Times

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. A planting of pinwheels is scheduled for Friday, April 12, at the White Pine County Courthouse located at 801 Clark Street. All are welcome to attend.  

The first report of the Federal Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect was published in March 1978.  

In 1983, President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention month.  

The blue ribbon campaign is a memorial to children who have been affected by abuse and neglect. 

Through a public records request the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported that they have had about 16 reports of child abuse. Out of those, 10 were unfounded.  

The other six were submitted to the DA’s Office for possible prosecution.

The Division of Child and Family Services date reported a little bit differently. They reported a total of three allegations of sexual abuse and 78 allegations of abuse.  

Since the rural counties are under 10,000 in population, they are grouped into one large group.  Washoe, and Clark are in their own respective groups.  

The number of CPS referrals received for 2018, during the state’s fiscal year was 4,144 for rural Nevada and statewide, 37,950 referrals.  

Referrals can be either information only, differential response, where when a report is made and there are no allegations of maltreatment and the allegations did not rise to the level of an investigation. And, the last is a report if the agency determines that the information constitute an allegation.  

April 9 marked three months since Alyahna Bliss died due to suspicious circumstances. Her death is still being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations with coordinating efforts by the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office and the Ely Shoshone Tribal police department. 

So what is suggested if you suspect child abuse? All states have a system to receive and respond to reports of suspected abuse.  Contact Division of Child and Family Services at 775-289-1640.  Each state has trained professionals who can evaluate the situation to determine whether help and services are needed.