Infant hospitalized, brother in protective custody
A 5-month-old girl is hospitalized and her older brother in protective custody as Wichita police investigate a possible case of child abuse.
Child abuse is not always obvious, but behavioral indicators of child abuse may be evident. If you notice any behavioral indicators of physical abuse in the Wichita, Kansas community or surrounding areas, do not hesitate to take action.
The earlier child abuse is caught, the better the chance of recovery and appropriate treatment for a child in the Wichita, Kansas community and surrounding areas. Seeing one warning sign or behavioral indicator of physical abuse does not automatically mean a child is being abused. It is important to dig deeper and look for a pattern of abusive behavior and behavioral indicators.
Common behavioral indicators of physical abuse include:
Parents and adult caregivers in the Wichita, Kansas community may also give behavioral indicators that they are physically abusing a child. Common behavioral indicators of parents and caregivers include offering conflicting, unconvincing or no explanation to a child’s injury, describing the child in a very negative way, using harsh physical discipline with a child or having a history of abusing children, animals or pets.
Please note that these behavioral indicators must be considered with other evidence. Ask yourself these questions when determining whether physical abuse has occurred:
If you notice any common behavioral indicators of child abuse in the Wichita, Kansas community or surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to dial 911 immediately.