Do you know the signs of child abuse?
LOUISVILLE, Ky, (WDRB) -- It happened in Elizabethtown, Ky. Police say one baby was shaken to death, and another received broken bones and was severely malnourished.
Both incidents are prompting experts to speak out about a spike in disturbing child abuse cases -- and they want to make more people aware of the signs of child abuse.
One father, 21-year-old Barry Williams Jr., is now behind bars accused of shaking his 6-month-old baby girl to death.
In another case, a couple from Elizabethtown, 19-year-old Jessica Capponi and 18-year-old Alexander Irwin, has been charged after police say they abused their 3-month-old son.
Hospital officials alerted police because the couple's baby had broken ribs, several bruises and was extremely malnourished.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Kentucky is ranked 7th in the instances of child abuse.
What hospital officials want residents to remember is there are obvious things to look for -- like bruising, for example.
Doctors say there's a distinct way to tell the difference between accidental bruises and those caused by abuse.
"I think it's really important for folks to know we aren't saying all bruising is bad or abnormal," said Dr. Melissa Currie, a U of L child abuse pediatrician. "Once children are up and walking and running around and starting to fall down, they earn bruises. Those tend to be on their shins, their knees and their foreheads. those types of bruises really don't get our attention. It's the younger babies that aren't yet independently moving that we really worry when we see bruises."
Experts say it's important to educate yourself on the signs of child abuse.
They've set up a website that features videos and articles.
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