McCalmont Township, PA – Police are investigating a possible child abuse incident in Jefferson County.
State Police in Punxsutawney were called out to a home on Main Street in Anita last Wednesday, April 8, around noon to investigate possible abuse involving an 8-year-old boy.
The investigation is currently ongoing.
Click Here to read the online police report.
Please remember, social services, the police, and hotlines to report abuse are still operating, despite the pandemic. If you or someone you know if being abused, please call your police or free abuse hotline.
Do you know of a child being abused?
ChildLine is part of a mandated statewide child protective services program designed to accept child abuse referrals and general child well-being concerns, and transmit the information quickly to the appropriate investigating agency. ChildLine is responsible for receiving verbal and electronic referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The toll-free hotline, 1-800-932-0313, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive reports of suspected child abuse. Mandated reporters can report electronically.
According to Western PA CARES for Kids:
You may be faced with a situation where you suspect abuse but don’t have any proof. Suspicions are scary, but trust your instincts. Have the courage to report the suspected abuse.
What if I’m Not Sure, Where Do I Go?
Child Abuse Helplines have staff specifically trained to deal with questions about suspected child sexual abuse. Call Darkness to Light’s helpline, 1-866-FOR-LIGHT to be routed to resources in your community, or call the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate all the professionals (legal, social services, medical) involved in a case. If you’re unsure about whether to make an official report or just need support, contact a children’s advocacy center. The staff will help you evaluate your suspicions and your next steps.
To find a center near you, contact The National Children’s Alliance at www.nca-online.org or 1-800-239-9950.
Local Community Agencies, such as local hotlines, United Way offices, or rape crisis centers can often help.