Investigating cases of child abuse can be a difficult job, especially if the victim is so young that he or she has difficulty explaining what happened. A non-profit organization known as ChildProtect is helping investigators by interviewing children in a home-like setting.
On Wednesday, ChildProtect strengthened its ties with the local law enforcement community. By signing a new protocol agreement, Montgomery prosecutors, police, sheriff's deputies and DHR officers acknowledged the organization's importance.
"(This agreement) really outlines specifically, how the agencies are going to work together to investigate child abuse cases in Montgomery county," said ChildProtect Director Jannah Bailey.
Trained child protect employees interview suspected child abuse victims in child-friendly rooms equipped with video cameras. The video is then submitted to law enforcement.
"ChildProtect is there to get to the truth of what happened," said Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall.
The new protocol ensures that children are sent to ChildProtect first instead of being subjected to a series of interviews at various agencies.
Bob Bailey was a founding member of the ChildProtect board of directors. He says the excessive interviews "was just traumatizing the child again over and over."
The renewed partnership, now on paper, keeps all agencies on the same page.
"All of us are working together to make sure that the kids in our city remain safe," said Police Major Jerry McQueen.
ChildProtect is a United Way agency. It was founded in 1989.