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April 2014 Child Abuse Prevention Month
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —A Louisville man charged with killing a toddler is set to appear in court.
Lajuan Hayes, 25, is accused of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.Hayes is awaiting his court appearance Thursday morning.
Authorities say on Tuesday they received a call to an apartment in Shively.
When they got there, they found the 2-year-old boy unresponsive and badly burned.
The little boy later died.
WLKY is told Hayes couldn't explain what happened while the toddler was left in his care.
“The little boy just came in my house and played with my daughter with a big wheel. That stuff is sad, it's ridiculous. Louisville is crazy. It's getting out of hand, seriously,” said neighbor Deonna Martin.
The little boy's mother confirms to WLKY that the toddler's name is Alonzo Thomas Jr..
Hayes will be arraigned on murder and other charges.
Hayes' bond is set at $1 million.
Child Abuse in Kentucky - CURRENT TRENDS
Drug and alcohol abuse contributes to the increasing rate of child abuse in Kentucky.
* The number of KY children substantiated as victims of abuse increased over the last three years. * Substance abuse is a risk factor in 55% of substantiated abuse cases. One in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. * 90% of the time a victim of child abuse knows their abuser. * More than 60% of teen first pregnancies are preceded by experiences of molestation, rape, or attempted rape. Abusive Haed Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) continues to be the leading cause of child abuse related deaths. * SBS is most common in babies less than a year of age. Neglect continues to be the largest type of abuse and the leading contributor to death and serious injury. * 71% of substantiated maltreatment cases in KY are identified as neglect. * Young children are at greatest risk; a consistent finding nationally and in Kentucky. For more information, please see:
100 people die from drug overdoses in America every day and about half of
those deaths involve opioid drugs—including prescription painkillers and
The good news is that every overdose is preventable.
next opioid overdose death.
Will you please share them?
- If you know someone struggling with the disease of addiction, let them know help is available. Give them the treatment referral line phone number: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Learn the signs and symptoms of an overdose, and what actions to take. Download and print this simple pocket card that explains how to resuscitate someone who’s overdosing.
- Get rid of all unused, expired, or unneeded prescription drugs at home. Here are instructions on how to dispose of unused medicines. The DEA
is also hosting a National Take-Back Day on April 26—find a take-back
site in your neighborhood.
- Download and share this helpful guide on how to prevent opioid deaths in your community. The guide contains tips and steps that first responders, prescribers, people in recovery and their family members can take to save lives.
No one person can end this overdose epidemic alone, but
together, we can—and will—save lives.
Gil Kerlikowske, Director, National Drug Control Policy