CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 12, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(NYC: Richard Roth) Hundreds shown attending child abuse and murder victim Lisa Steinberg's funeral. [Archbishop of New York John Cardinal O'CONNOR - comments on the sadness that little children should have to endure such pain.] Arrest in Syracuse, New York, of Don. Genge for murder of 7-wk.-old son reported [Los Angeles Cnty. health department Dr. Michael DURFEE - comments on how officials usually under-react in the name of children.] Photos of abused children and statistics of rise in abuse graphically shown. [Committee for Child Abuse Prevention Anne COHN - says these deaths come about in families where trouble is well-known.] Photos of Ellaticia Asbury, abuse- murder victim, shown; details given. Louisiana social worker shown being brought to court for not doing enough to prevent a child's death. Programs and people purporting to protect children from neglect and abuse being criticized for not doing enough discussed. [Florida special prosecutor Maureen SULLIVAN - blames parents who do not want bad publicity and social workers who do not do enough to help.] Lisa Steinberg's death said hopefully to raise awareness of crisis, thereby saving the lives of other children.