These two cases are some of the most severe examples of child abuse. But advocates say, every new parent needs to know when it's time to get help.
New parents are educated on child abuse and neglect, before their babies are discharged from local hospitals. And if the information the hospital provides isn't enough, some parents can rely on family and friends for support. Or even use resources in the community.
Candy Lester and her two young daughters are taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather. She says, being a mom has changed her life. It's rewarding. But, it can also be stressful. "They were 10 months apart so that brought on alot more stress, I think and twins I can only imagine." Lester like every new parent feels overwhelmed at one time or another. She says what has helped her get through the tough times ... leaning on a close friend for support. "I reached out to her and she was willing to help. Call me if you get frustrated, call me if you get to the point," said Lester. And for those who don't have friends or family near by ... Southern colorado has resources available, including the KPC Kids Connection, where parents can even drop off young kids at a moment's notice. "Alot of parents are feeling overwhelmed, they need more support and that's exactly why we're here. To be a place for kids to come when parents are experiencing alot of stress, emergencies, and crisis situations," said Jade Suter, Associate Nursery Coordinator of KPC.
The First Visitor Program is another resource in Colorado Springs. It provides home visitations for any parent with a new baby. The program's intent is to reduce neglect and abuse through education, resources and support.