Missouri lawmaker seeks changes to child abuse hotline - KMOV.com

Missouri lawmaker seeks changes to child abuse hotline

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri lawmaker wants to bar officials investigating child abuse claims from leaving their business cards if they are checking a house and no one answers the door.

Department of Social Services investigators check homes when they receive complaints through the state's child abuse hotline.

Supporters of the legislation say leaving a business card could tip off abusers and make them lie to investigators. But critics say leaving business cards could help deter further abuse.

The bill would also require that hotline workers be evaluated if they are involved in call where a child is seriously injured or killed.

The legislation is sponsored by Republican House member Shane Schoeller, of Willard.
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