Panama City – A local man and woman, facing aggravated child abuse charges, are each being held in the Bay County jail on $250,000 bond. Panama City Police arrested the couple early yesterday morning, after a relative took their child to the hospital with 6 broken bones. Panama City Police arrested 21 year old Courtney Shaunte Lucille Hawkins and 25 year old Joseph Tyrell Duhon early Tuesday morning on a number of drug and weapons charges, but it was a child abuse investigation that initially brought authorities to their apartment.
One of Hawkins’ relative showed up at Bay Medical Center with Hawkins’ two year old daughter. The child had 6 broken bones. Department of Children and Families investigators say they’re not aware of any other abuse complaints involving this family, but this case is not rare.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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