**Please see update at the bottom of this article**
According to ChildHelp, “Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States; however, those reports can include multiple children.” In Cleveland and North East Ohio, according to the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, “in Cuyahoga County, 2,910 children were substantiated as victims of child abuse or neglect.” This must STOP!!
Child Abuse & Neglect happens everyday. Unfortunately, it is a reality that we all must face and realize is happening on every street in America at some time or another. As friends and family, we must be alert to what is happening around us and question when we see things that we “just don’t feel is right.”
The video featured in this article was found on YouTube. As of the date of this article, 7,038 people have viewed this video. How is it that in America this type of behavior is happening AND a 3rd person sat there and videotaped it? According to the comments left on youtube for this video, it appears that a family member was filming while the childs parents were “feeding him.” This beautiful child’s name is Carter. His parents’ names are Jackie and AJ.
Please take a moment and watch the video. Spread the video to your family and friends network – somewhere, someone, will recognize this man and woman. PLEASE call your local child services agency!! This poor child needs to be saved from this type of behavior. Please put a stop to people posting, “I wanna find this chick and cram food down her throat!” Numerous people have posted their comments and explanations on the internet with varying degrees of information regarding this video of “Carter”
- Children Protective Services was called and have filed charges
- Children Protective Services said this was “not abuse”
The only way to stop this is to be aware of all children and their surroundings – if it doesn’t feel right – CALL someone. Don’t think you will get someone in trouble for reporting something that you don’t think is right. Our Social Services agencies are trained to investigate and if nothing is going on, they will see that – but what if something horrible is going on and YOU don’t make that call?
Some national agencies and information can be found:
- Child Abuse Prevention Association
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- American Humane Association
- Signs of Child Abuse
Please, take a moment and watch the video and I emphasize it may be disturbing to some, but as a society, we truly need to Make A Difference in the life of every child and help put an end to this type of treatment of children in their own homes and their safe environments.
Now…. Ask yourself several questions:
- Do YOU know for a fact Children Protective Services/Authorities were contacted?
- If Children Protective Services truly found “no abuse” going on, shouldn’t we do something about that?
- Would you be comfortable with someone feeding YOUR child this way?
- Would you want your child to go to this family’s home?
MAKE A DIFFERENCE for someone today and become educated on child abuse, child neglect and how we can put an end to it.
** UPDATE: 1/28/12- The uploaded YouTube video that prompted this article has now received almost 9,100 views. There have been comments posted every hour! Numerous people have posted that they have called Children’s Services with many conflicting reports. There is confusion as to where these people are living – Michigan or Washington. According to some of the comments posted, agencies in both states have been called by persons viewing the video. Please continue to spread this article with the picture and video so that the action’s by these people can be adressed. It is up to us, as a society, to voice our concern that adults are doing this to a child and to let our legislative representatives and social service agencies know that we will not accept this type of behavior.
This is the comment posted at 7:47 p.m. EST tonight from the person who uploaded the video:
“damien did vevrything he could do to stop it but jackie and aj just threatened him so he did what he thought was best. shame on the person who is trying to scare damien. jackie isn’t getting away with this and damiens punishment is that his dad doesn’t talk to him but he usually doesn’t keep in contack with him either.damien’s grandparents have been raising hin and are his custodial parents ccaiger20012 “
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