State leaders report increase in Child Abuse Hotline calls

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Courtesy of KNWA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — State leaders report an increase in the number of calls made to the Child Abuse Hotline number.

Mischa Martin serves as director of the state’s division of children and family services.

She said since the pandemic started, over 3,100 calls have been made to the hotline.

That is a 50% increase in calls during the same time period last year.

The First Lady of Arkansas also touched on the importance of reporting suspected child abuse amid the crisis.

“We do want to be looking out for the children. The things that happened in your childhood lasts a lifetime – the good, the bad, and the very ugly, and we’re trying to eliminate as much of that ugliness as possible,” Susan Hutchinson said.

The number is 1-844-SAVE-A-CHILD.

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