POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:37am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:38am
EL PASO — Child Protective Services is asking borderland residents to "go blue" and raise awareness on child abuse prevention to help save a child's life.
According to CPS, six victims died in 2011 because of child abuse or neglect in El Paso, with a total of 2,487 victims. More than half of those cases were due to neglectful supervision.
"Over 60 percent of what we actually see is neglect and that's basically failing to remove your child from a situation that could potentially cause them harm. It could be leaving your child unsupervised in an automobile which is actually a crime in the state of Texas," said Paul Zimmerman with CPS.
April is Child Abuse Awareness month, and according to Zimmerman, the best way to help stop child abuse is to report it.
"Over the last 5 years we had 25 child deaths, that's way too many. We really want to engage the community to help be our eyes and ears out there to call us and report child abuse if they suspect it," he said.
To report child abuse you can call 1-800-252-5400, or report it online at www.txabusehotline.org .
A "Go Blue Day" celebration will be held today (Wednesday) at 9:00a.m. at the CPS downtown office at 119 N. Stanton. Hundreds of balloons will be released into the air.
The 4th Annual Family Fun Fair will be held on Saturday at Album Park, 3110 Parkwood Dr. from 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.