June 9, 2011

Gorin Man Arrested On Child Endangerment Charges

A hotline call to the Children's Division Child Abuse and Neglect Unit has resulted in the arrest of a Gorin man on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to the Scotland County Sheriff's Office, James R. Butler, II, age 25, was taken into custody on June 2 at his residence in Gorin at approximately 11 a.m.

Butler has been charged with the class A misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree, stemming from a May 30th incident.

Law enforcement officers joined the Division of Family Services investigators at the home in response to a hotline call alleging child abuse to a three year old girl.

Butler is being held in the Scotland County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline

by Hannah Kiddoo

Seth Bundy, Director of Communications at the Missouri Department of Social Services, stated that in 2009, there were 26 incidents of abuse or neglect reported in Scotland County, four of which were substantiated.

Bundy explained that each call received at the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline meeting the definition of abuse or neglect is sent to the corresponding county office. County staff assures the immediate safety of the child and other children in the home, contacting law enforcement if necessary. An investigation is then completed on the call sent to the county office.

For those debating calling the hotline, Social Services stresses that it is better to over-report suspicions than not call. Citizens anxious about reporting should contact their local office to discuss concerns. Those reporting abuse should also consider naming themselves when calling the hotline so follow-up questions can be asked.

"Every child should live free from abuse and neglect. We urge anyone who suspects child abuse to call our toll free hotline at 1-800-392-3738," said Bundy.

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