In wake of Aniya sentencing, Akron doctor delivers tips on how to spot signs of child abuse

In wake of Aniya sentencing, Akron doctor delivers tips on how to spot signs of child abuse
Despite several warning signs and investigations, Aniya Day-Garrett slipped through the cracks and was murdered by Sierra Day and Deonte Lewis.

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Every year, tens of thousands of children in Ohio are victims of abuse and neglect.

In wake of Aniya sentencing, Akron doctor delivers tips on how to spot signs of child abuse

Akron Children’s Hospital is trying to take proactive steps by educating parents and caregivers, as the fight continues to detect and prevent such violence.

Pediatric doctor and expert on child abuse prevention, Dr. Emma Raizman, hears horrible stories of abuse and neglect nearly every day. She says it’s difficult, but it’s necessary.

“We are there to try to put the pieces together, to try to bridge the gap between law enforcement, children’s services, and a medical component, and we try to make sure that the children are getting the care and the follow up that they need,” said Dr. Raizman.

She said her “lunch-and-learn” lecture will focus on how caregivers can recognize the signs of abuse and what they can do about it, even if they are sure it could never happen in their own families.

"I think everybody thinks, 'Oh it's horrible, but it happens to someone else.' Really this is geared toward anyone that has kids, takes care of kids, or is interested in the topic."

The program will be held in the auditorium (street level) of the hospital’s Considine Professional Building at 215 W. Bowery St., starting at at 11:45 a.m. on April 24.

It’s free and open to everyone.

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