Two People Charged in Death of Charlotte Toddler Expected in Court

From by Leslie Mayes, October 21, 2013

Two people charged in the abuse-related death of a Charlotte toddler are expected in court this week.

Children’s advocates hope the child’s tragic death will help other parents reach out to get help, before it’s too late.

Jade Butler and her boyfriend Antonio Cathey are facing murder charges in connection with the death of her 17-month-old child, Kyiemani Brewer. Child advocates say incidents like this one are sad, but not rare.

“Most oftentimes, children who are abused are abused by people they know, love and trust. Whether that’s physical abuse or sexual abuse, or emotional abuse” said Kris Taylor, Family Advocacy Coordinator at Pat’s Place, a Charlotte children’s advocacy center.

Pat’s Place reports there were more than 13,000 reports of child abuse and neglect in Mecklenburg County in 2011. A majority of reported abuse and neglect cases involved people known to the victim, ranking high at 87 percent.

Since its founding in 2004, Pat’s Place has provided services to more than 2,600 children and their families. Taylor said abuse isn’t isolated to any specific group.

“It happens no matter what color your skin is, where you live, how much money you have in the bank, where you came from” said Taylor.

Taylor said often outside stresses can push parents to the point of becoming abusive and that education is key to prevention.

“Any type of education is super important when it comes to parenting. Especially for new parents who aren’t familiar with the fact that a child may scream for hours on end and what to do about that” said Taylor.

It is still unclear what circumstances led to Brewer’s death. Taylor said there is support for parents who aren’t sure to how to deal with their children and that parents should seek support early before things turn violent.

“If you are at the point where you are harming your child or you suspect someone else is, report it to the authorities. It is okay to call and ask a counselor, ‘What is it that you do, how can you help me?’ said Taylor.

Adults in North Carolina are mandated to report cases of child abuse. If you suspect a child is the victim of abuse, call the CARE Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 704-336-CARE.

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