Uncle wants action against person responsible for niece's bruises

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by Lauren Trager / News 4

KREM.com

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:03 AM

(KMOV) -- Four months after a child was beaten, one man claims absolutely nothing has been done.

The uncle of a 7-year-old girl wants justice and protection for the child who has health issues and is entering her third year of kindergarten.

He said he’s got nowhere even after he’s contacted everyone; police, prosecutors, and the Illinois State Division of Children and Family Services.

“It’s sickening,” said the uncle identified as John. His identity was concealed to protect his niece.

In March, he says he discovered the bruises on his niece. He suspects his sister’s boyfriend did it.

Several photos taken of the 7-year-old girl show severe bruising to her back, buttocks, and legs.

“It’s clear there’s a hand print, and there’s belt prints from her back to her knees,” John said.

The abuse was reported to DCFS and police.

“And here it is four months later and still absolutely nothing,” he said.

News 4 showed the pictures to East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore, who said often in cases like these, they let the state investigate first.

“We would have to wait for them to complete their investigation to get back with us on their finding,” Chief Floore said.

DCFS did not return News 4’s repeated phone calls.

“Someone needs to come down on them and have them do their job,” John said. 

He just wants something done—and soon.

“When one of my nieces end up dead or hospitalized, then whose fault is it going to be?” he said.

East St. Louis Police say they’re committed to investigating this. They’ll be following up with DCFS and so will News 4.  

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