Officials ask Ohioans to watch for signs of child abuse during coronavirus

Montgomery County Children Services campus on North Main Street in Dayton. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

Ohio officials are urging Ohioans to be especially vigilant to signs of child abuse and neglect while residents are under a stay-at-home order, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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In the release, the department said that reports of child abuse and neglect have dropped by half since the stay-at-home order was issued on March 22.

However, the department explained that this is because people who normally would notice and report signs of abuse such as teachers, coaches, child care providers and school counselors and nurses don’t see the children every day.

Any person who sees signs of child abuse is asked to call 855-O-H-CHILD, or 855-642-4453.

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