Groups Ask For More Child Abuse Laws - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Groups Ask For More Child Abuse Laws

Posted: Updated:

Nevada has more child deaths related to abuse and neglect than any other state, with more than 20 kids dying last year.

That's why several organizations are in Carson City, raising awareness on this issue.

As part of Children's Week, silver and blue pinwheels have been planted on the front lawn of the legislative building, representing hope and health for a child.

Lawmakers have about a dozen bills to look over that deal with child abuse, from education to stiffer penalties for perpetrators. 

Child abuse ranges from physical and sexual abuse, to neglect and emotional abuse, affecting more than 7% of Nevada's children.

"It might not seem like a lot but we have about 650,000 kids in the state," Amanda Haboush, of Prevent Child Abuse Nevada, said. "So, it's a pretty significant number."

Keia Guia knows the pain of losing a child.

Her son, Elijah, was just nine months old when he died as a result of abuse, nearly two years ago.

"His life was taken from him under the care of his sitter," Guia said. "He was found with multiple bruises, lacerations, hemorrhaging, signs of asphyxia, suffocation."

Guia says her son hasn't received justice.

Her goal is to seek justice for other kids before it's too late.

"You can let it destroy you and let that perpetrator deflate the whole family, to hurt the whole family, or you can take it and rise up from it and become a warrior against this," Guia said.

Dee Klymann adopted her son, Michael, after the boy's birth mother brought him to the hospital.

The victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome was only five months old.

"The doctors knew after examination, that he had been severely shaken and possibly slammed against a wall," Klymman said.

Michael's brain damage was so severe that doctors said he wouldn't live to see his second birthday. He passed away when he was 22 years old.

Klymann spends her time educating people on the affects of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

"The number one reason why people shake their children is to try to get them to be quiet," Klymman said. "But anyone can cross this line. It only takes five to ten seconds."

They also hope lawmakers will grant more funding to help the nearly 4,000 kids in Nevada's foster care system.

"It's easier to save a child than it is to repair an adult," Guia said.

Americans from all over the country will participate in the Million March Against Child Abuse.

Organizers in Carson City will begin their march on April 22 at 7am.

Written by Paul Nelson

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Aces Rally Past Cubs 11-4

    Aces Rally Past Cubs 11-4

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-08-21 06:01:54 GMT
    The Reno Aces used a four-run sixth, and six-run eighth to score an 11-4 win over the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark. More >>
    The Reno Aces used a four-run sixth, and six-run eighth to score an 11-4 win over the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark. More >>
  • Expert Says Ebola Threat is Low in Nevada

    Expert Says Ebola Threat is Low in Nevada

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:50:37 GMT
    A local expert on infectious diseases says the likelihood of Ebola spreading in Nevada or other parts of America are very low.More >>
    A local expert on infectious diseases says the likelihood of Ebola spreading in Nevada or other parts of America are very low.More >>
  • UPS Says 51 Retail Stores Breached by Malware; Reno Store Affected

    UPS Says 51 Retail Stores Breached by Malware; Reno Store Affected

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:48:22 GMT
    Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states including the Keystone Avenue location in Reno.More >>
    Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states including the Keystone Avenue location in Reno.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.