Marching against child abuse

Around 20 people are marching around the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse until 5 p.m. today to show their support for stricter laws against child abuse and to make the public aware they can do something to stop it.

Some but not anywhere close to all of the people marching were part of the petition effort that convened a grand jury in the Juliette Geurts murder case and resulted in indictments against the child's mother and her boyfriend.

Jody Radomski says child abuse is a serious problem, especially in Nebraska, which is ranked 4th in the nation in cases of child abuse. Radomski says there should no statute of limitations regarding those charged with child abuse and tougher sentencing laws. Radomski also says the public needs to call 911 the minute they suspect child abuse so it can be investigated promptly by Police.

One of those marching on the courthouse sidewalk is Tammy Rood of Scottsbluff, who lost her four month old daughter Aubrey in 2009 to shaken baby syndrome. The child's father John Chavez is serving a 20 to 40 year sentence in prison for the crime and Rood says he should never be eligible for parole.

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