NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A coach with the North Providence East Little League is facing child abuse charges. Our news partners at The Providence Journal reports 38-year-old Patrick Picard is free on $20,000 personal recognizance, after being charged with abusing his 9-year-old son on October 6th. Picard is accused of throwing the boy across a room, causing him to land face-first against the leg of a piano bench.
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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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