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Many child abusers have no connection

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Sadly, thousands of children are victims of domestic violence at the hands of boyfriends or significant others who don't have a direct link to the child.

A panel of law enforcement personnel and child advocates spoke to criminal justice students at Darton College Wednesday.

They warned about the threat of predators lurking on the Internet, and of sex crimes against children.

Dougherty Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Cohilas says mothers should be especially careful of who they allow into their homes, and who they allow to keep their children. 

"Quite often this significant other, this man who's new to the house has no parenting experience," said Cohilas.  "He has no family ties to this particular child and therefore this is a situation where it's much more likely for him to want to abuse a child."

Anyone who suspects a child is being neglected or abused can called the Department of Family and Children Services and they'll look into it.

In Dougherty County, that number is 229-430-4118.

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