A California man was arrested in May of 2018 for abusing his 10 children ranging in age between 4months and 12 years. He is not the biological father of all of them. The kids were home schooled which why there were no red flags until one of the kids went missing and the mom called the police. The mom has been charged for neglect and the dad for lewd conduct as well as abuse. The children were removed from the home and placed in protective custody.
In Amy Dickinson's column May 1, 2018, she published a letter from a grandparent who was concerned about her three year old grandchild living in the home with the parent's significant other.
She explained that current live-in spent a good deal of time with the grandchild. The grandpraent wrote of concerns based on the horror stories about abusive boyfriends and girlfriends and harm commited to children.
The grandchild had reported that the significant other wasn't nice and that that person spanked the child. The grandma told the parent who didn't believe the child.
Amy cited in her response that the parent should investigate rather than assume the child is l The correct response to this report is never to assume that the child is lying, but to investigate and discern what is behind these statements.
She went on to provide information from the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics about children living in households with unrelated adults are nearly 50 times as likely to die from inflicted injuries as children living with biological parents.
"Sorry officer it won't happen again." The abuser's famous last words whenever police are called to investigate. It all depends on the circumstances at the time that determines the level of action taken. Several decades ago, more often than not, the officers left it up to the woman how far she wanted to take the issue. If the victim didn't want to press charges, the the police simply left the scene.