CHILD ABUSE

Child Abuse Prevention Month shines a light on local issues

It's Child Abuse Prevention Month and doctors who work in Sanford Health's Traumatic Treatment Center say child abuse is a serious issue in North Dakota.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month and doctors who work in Sanford Health’s Traumatic Treatment Center say child abuse is a serious issue in North Dakota. According to the health system, in 2020 there were almost 2,000 confirmed child abuse cases with several deaths. Experts say COVID has a negative impact and they saw some of their…

Child abuse reports increase, number of victims declines

BISMARCK, N.D. – A national data collection system shows the number of child abuse reports in North Dakota rose last year, but the number of victims declined. Officials at Child Protection Services in North Dakota say the increase in reported cases may be up because people in general are more vigilant about contacting authorities and because North Dakota shifted to…

Minot man takes child abuse conviction to Supreme Court

MINOT, N.D. – A man found guilty of child abuse for assaulting a woman in front of a young girl is appealing his conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Fifty-three-year-old Brent Castleman of Minot was convicted last year of child abuse. The woman had secretly recorded the assault and the girl crying after witnessing the attack. The recording was…

Red River Children’s Advocacy Center helps abuse victims through their worst times

The month of April is dedicated to help bring knowledge and be aware of a public health issue in the world.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. “They can take a stand,” Anna Frissell stated. April is child abuse awareness and prevention month all across the world. The Red River Children’s Advocacy Center is making sure that families are given the correct tools to prevent a tragic happening due to child abuse. “We try to…

Thursday is National Wear Blue Day to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

April 1st marks the first day of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Many people around the country are standing together for National Wear Blue Day. April 1st marks the first day of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Wearing blue signifies the pinwheel, which is a statewide symbol for supporting the effort of keeping children in the community safe. Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota Project Manager, Mary Lizakowski explains…

Bismarck father accused of injuring infant daughter

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Bismarck man is facing felony charges after being accused of injuring his 4-month-old daughter. The 22-year-old father is charged with felony child abuse, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence upon conviction. A police affidavit says the baby’s head injuries were discovered during a medical visit in late February. The affidavit says Denzil Harvest was the…

Father accused of injuring infant son sentenced to probation

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Bismarck father accused of abusing his infant son has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a reduced charge. Twenty-five-year-old Harley Peltier was charged in August with child abuse after authorities responded to a call from a babysitter who said the baby wasn’t breathing. The boy was resuscitated and eventually was taken to a Fargo…

Bill requiring North Dakota clergy to report child abuse withdrawn

BISMARCK, N.D. – A bipartisan North Dakota bill that would have required clergy to be included in state law as mandatory reporters of child abuse has been withdrawn. West Fargo Republican Sen. Judy Lee withdrew the legislation on Friday, saying the bill has become a distraction. The Roman Catholic dioceses in Fargo and Bismarck had opposed the bill.  Private discussions between…