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Idaho Emergency Rooms See Marked Increase In Child Abuse Injuries

Susan Walsh
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The financial and emotional stress of COVID-19 is affecting Idaho families. Heartbreakingly, this has resulted in a measurable increase in child abuse cases with some serious enough to result in emergency care at hospitals.

This is a trend we are seeing across the country and it’s on all of us to be those extra eyes and ears for spotting child abuse since the traditional social structures — like school — are not in place that would typically identify this. 


Joining Idaho Matters to talk more about this are Dr. Kendra Bowman and Dr. Matthew of St. Luke's Children's Hospital. 

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.