Westchester DA talks Child Abuse Awareness Month
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore sat down with News 12 this morning to discuss exactly what that means, and what her office is doing to help prevent and prosecute child abuse cases locally.
Several high-profile cases of child abuse have emerged in the Hudson Valley recently, including the conviction and sentencing of Stacey Pagli, who strangled her 18-year-old daughter to death in their Manhattanville College home.
In New York State, some 80,000 children are known to be abused or neglected, and officials say that many cases are never reported. Anyone looking to report instances of child abuse is urged to call 911 or your local police department if it's an emergency. A statewide toll-free Child Abuse Hotline is available at (800) 342-3720.