Vigil honors lives lost to child abuse, sparks hope for advocates

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ABILENE, TX (KTAB) – Child-abuse awareness advocates shined a somber light on child-abuse deaths with a vigil at the Taylor County Courthouse.

The Taylor County Child Welfare Board bringing Child Abuse Prevention month to a close by leading an inspiring set of speeches along with Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge, encouraging the communtiy to step up and stand against child abuse.

“Unfortunately in Texas alone 211 children lost their lives due to abuse or neglect including one here in Taylor County,” said Hannah Pennington, chair of the Taylor County Child Welfare Board.

Tonight’s turnout for the vigil was inspiring to organizers who say it is important to remember that child abuse is a year-round problem and lasts beyond the month of April.

“There is absolutely hope because I’m looking at it. Everyone of us at some level engage these families on a daily basis,” said Chief Standridge.

Abuse or neglect can be reported by calling the Texas Child Welfare hotline at 1-800-252-5400

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