The Times West Virginian

April 24, 2013

Child Watch Day illustrates abuse puzzle

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Diana Hayes opened the little white envelope with the name “Stacey.”

It was empty. She looked around. Nobody else’s envelope was empty. What was going on?

Hayes was one of 17 participants in Tuesday’s 15th annual Child Watch Day, which tracks a day in the life of an abused or neglected child in the judicial system. Each took the identity of a child in the judicial system.

Names and details were changed to protect privacy, but all are actual cases from Marion County.

Hayes had taken the identity of Stacey, an 11-year-old girl who was placed in foster care because of her mother’s drug problem.

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