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Child Abuse Prevention Advocates Promote A New Ordinance

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Parents abusing children. People at Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery claim it's happening too often in the Tri-Cities. And they're doing something about it.

Friday, Safe Harbor hosted the fifth annual kick-off rally for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller spoke of the need for action. And Safe Harbor's Executive Director announced her plans to impose a municipal ordinance for all cities in Benton and Franklin Counties.

The ordinance would ticket abusive parents, and give courts a paper trail for future criminal consequences.

"The idea of this is to get people's attention before things get out of control before their kids are hurt or abducted," said Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery Executive Director Sue Delucchi.

Under the new ordinance, Safe Harbor said parents would be fined for conduct ranging from abandonment to physical abuse.