Dr. Kelli Marvin
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It is an all too sad reality – so often we hear on newscasts that a small child is dead or is near death after being severely beaten by their mother's boyfriend. In Kentucky, the databases maintained by the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine indicate that many severe acts of child abuse and child-abuse related deaths are perpetrated by a mother's boyfriend. Studies show non-biologically-related males were 8 times more likely to perpetrate acts of abuse leading to death of the child.
How can single mothers determine which types of men pose, at least statistically, greater risk of physical abuse to children?
Those with a history of criminal behavior, drug use or dealing; untreated mental illness; history of child welfare involvement; history of frequent unemployment, quitting jobs when frustrated, or being fired for irresponsible behavior; a history of financial irresponsibility; a history of domestic violence in previous relationships or in the current relationship; or act without thinking of the consequences of his actions.
Mothers must observe the behavior of their boyfriend to determine if he has a short temper, is often irritable, is intolerant of the child's crying or misbehavior, or is disinterested in caring for the child.
Taking all of these things in consideration may save a child's life.
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