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Casey Anthony Trial Overshadows Larger Child Abuse Problem

The Casey Anthony case and other highly publicized child abuse and neglect incidents are taking the public focus off dozens of other  cases that occur on a daily basis, social worker Kristi Murphy said in this Fox News column.

Murphy, who is clinical director at ChildHelp, said 150 children mostly under the age of four die from abuse and neglect each month. ChildHelp is one of the largest nonprofit organizations created to help child victims of abuse and neglect.

“The drama in that Florida courtroom is nothing compared to the life or death situations that kids face every day,” said Murphy, referring to the Casey Anthony trial. “Although we hope that Caylee will still receive justice, perhaps her tragedy could be a spark in all of our lives to make a change for all the children who suffer unnecessary, tragic deaths.”

To learn more about how social workers help protect children from abuse and neglect visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Family Safety Website by clicking here.

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