FARMINGTON — District Judge John Dean hopes his courtroom July 6 was an anomaly and not the start of a pattern.
Of the 72 people scheduled to stand before him that day, 10 suspects faced the same charge: Felony child abuse by DWI.
San Juan County prosecutes drunken drivers for child abuse if a child is in the vehicle, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said. The charge can turn a misdemeanor into a felony and a steep fine into three years in jail.
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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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