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Albuquerque Police Department making changes to improve handling of reports of child abuse


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The Albuquerque Police Department is making changes to prevent child abuse cases from falling through the cracks.

The changes result from the work of a task force created after the death of a 9-year-old boy. The boy's family had previously been in contact with authorities, and his mother is accused of killing him.

KRQE-TV ( ) reports that police officers dispatched on child abuse calls now will work with officers trained to recognize signs of abuse, neglect and assault.

Another result of the task force's work is that officers are now required to make reports on every report of alleged child abuse, even if no one is arrested.

Also, the department's child crimes unit is now in the same building with state child-welfare investigators so they can work together.

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