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Letters: First, protect the children

February 17, 2013

Re "'Blind leading blind' at county child services," Feb. 14

It isn't just the child protection agencies that are blind. All of us bear responsibility for the welfare of our children.

While we wait for administrators of the "stifling bureaucracy and inept workforce" at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to sort things out, innocent children continue to suffer.

I recall a friend who was scolded by a neighbor for calling a child protective agency on a suspected abuser. She was asked how she would have felt if someone had called an agency on her. My neighbor's response was that if she were sick enough to abuse a child, she would pray someone would report her.

Neighbors, families and friends must call and call again to save a child.

Ellie Berner

San Diego

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