Community to discuss child abuse

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- One case of child abuse is too many, but lately we’ve had reports of several. Wednesday night, some local lawmakers are holding a community meeting to figure out what they can do to stop the problem.

Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant wants to have an honest conversation with the public about why our children are being killed and what the community can do about it.

In just the past two years, three very young lives were taken far too soon in Erie County. Ten-year-old Abdi Mohamud, five-year-old Eain Brooks and then three-year-old Mayouna Smith were killed. The three innocent children endured some kind of abuse and had some contact with Child Protective Services before they were killed.

Abdi’s father was found guilty of beating him to death, Eain’s mother’s boyfriend is charged with his death and no one has been arrested for Mayouna’s death. An autopsy revealed she suffered past physical and sexual abuse.

CPS has gotten a lot of criticism for not doing enough to protect children. Wednesday night’s meeting seems to focus more on the family life. Legislator Grant says if you see child abuse say something before its too late. Many family members have told us they’ve said something but nothing was done.

Wednesday’s public meeting will be from 5:30 until 7:45 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo. Counselors, service providers and Erie County leaders will be there.

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