NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 27, 1981
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(Studio) National Child Abuse center's estimate of number of abused children, incring. annually, reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Chicago, Illinois) Deaths of Alan Madden, Flaneese Gray and Kevin Johnson, Junior from abuse cited as example of problem; films, photos shown. [Mother of Kevin JOHNSON, Junior - testifies with regard to number of times son was placed in refrigerator.] Role played by economy in abuse cases examined. [Soc. services director Anthony MAURO - comments.] Philadelphia Children's Hospital's assessment of growing problem and efforts to deal with situation discussed. Importance of federal funding, requested cut by Reagan admin., in programs like Philadelphia's cited. [Dr. Stephan LUDWIG - claims children's services are usually 1st to be cut.] Efforts in some states, include by Moral Majority, to repeal child abuse laws examined; permanent damage to Christine Nielsen by her father noted. [NIELSEN - recalls father's reaction to her appearance.] Abuse of Shelley Brummer reported as another example [Mother of Shelley BRUMMER - notes cigar burn on child's back after visit with father.] Findings of National Child Abuse Center in Denver, Colorado, outlined; photos shown. [Center spokesperson Brandt STEELE - notes parents' intent.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs
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