Child abuse reports decline during pandemic

Coronavirus New Mexico

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Some New Mexico officials are worried about a drop in child abuse complaints during the pandemic. The Accountability Office of the Legislature says hotline reports of suspected child abuse and neglect declined by 42% in April and 33% in May compared to the same month the year before. The agency believes that is in part because school closures have led to less contact between children and nurses. About 20% of complaints originate from school staff.

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