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September 2, 2014

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Mom arrested after girl, 4, found with various injuries

Child abuse case

A woman was arrested Tuesday on 31 counts of child abuse after her 4-year-old daughter was found in her apartment with multiple injuries, North Las Vegas Police said.

Police responded to the North Las Vegas home of 36-year-old Laketha Moore at the 1000 block of west Cheyenne Avenue near Martin Luther King Boulevard around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. Apartment officials indicated the child might be locked in her room, police said. The girl was found with minor injuries, but transported to University Medical Center as a precaution.

Police said she had suffered injuries to her head, neck, torso and legs. Police said evidence suggests the child sustained her injuries from a belt.

Moore allegedly tied her daughter to the bed by her ankle and locked her in a bedroom in their apartment for several hours a day, five to seven days a week since Feb. 5. Police said the girl may have been alone for 10 to 12 hours a day.

Moore was booked into Las Vegas City Jail on the 31 felony counts of child abuse. Police said the child was treated for her injuries and released to Child Protective Services.

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  1. Let's all hope this little girl gets the gift of a family who will love her and let her be a little girl....

    I hope this mother never gets to see the light of day again

  2. As an educator and mandated reporter, I see the many forms of child abuse on a daily basis. Sadly, our social "safety net" to effectively deal with such abuse is sadly lacking. Many times children are removed only to be "reunited" with the abusing parent because there is simply not enough room to house, or foster parents to care for the massive number of abuse case children.

    It is frustrating to deal with the system as it is. Many times, it discourages witnesses of abuse as neighbors or family members from reporting child abuse. Without outside intervention we lose these abused children in the forms of low/non- performance in school, antisocial or criminal behaviors, without help, these children grow up and perpetuate the cycle of abuse with their own children.

    Sadly, our society and its Lawmakers, has not made it a priority to provide needed mental health services, nor sufficiently address the underlying problems that would drive an adult to be abusive. There's not enough money to fund the programs that address the ills in our society.

    Commenter TomD1228 stated it well, with, "It's truly amazing how many "people" are out there that have no business being parents. They continue to pump them out year after year. Can't raise them, can't nurture them and can't support them or themselves.

    There's more garbage humans is some areas of this town than anywhere on the planet. The police have their work cut out...truly they do. I wouldn't do it for any amount of money. Sooner or later dealing with those dregs of society on a daily basis will drive you into the ground.

    Find a good home for this child."

    We all want the children who come into this world to be loved and nurtured, and grow up into fine, productive adults.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star