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Bristol, Va. records significant increase in child abuse cases

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BRISTOL, Va. – In about three months, Bristol, Virginia authorities tell us they have already worked more than 20 child abuse cases in the city. Investigators say it is a problem they have seen increasing over the past several years.

Detectives are constantly focusing on building their next case, but this year many of those new cases deal with child abuse.

“The cases come in, and regardless of just about every case we’re working on, these go to the front of the line,” Sgt. Steve Crawford said.

In 2015 to 2016, the number of child abuse cases rose 28 percent. Crawford said that is a significant increase, but an even more jaw-dropping number is the increase they have seen this year. In the first two months of 2017 compared to that same timeline in 2016, it was a 70 percent increase in cases.

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