Gov. Martinez: Everyone Must Report Suspected Child Abuse

Governor also reminds New Mexicans about dangers of leaving kids in hot cars

07.07.2015

ALBUQUERQUE -- Child safety was the topic as Governor Susana Martinez and local leaders met with the media at a press conference held Monday at Bandelier Elementary School in Albuquerque. Governor Martinez was joined by Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson to remind New Mexicans that anyone who suspects that child abuse or neglect is taking place must report it.

Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect decline over the summer months, when children are not in school. New Mexicans can easily report suspected child abuse or neglect by dialing #SAFE.

“As New Mexicans, we all have a duty under the law to report suspected child abuse or neglect,” said Governor Martinez. “Over the summer months when children are not in school, we need to maintain a watchful eye over our children to make sure they are staying healthy and safe. Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect must report it. Dialing #SAFE will connect New Mexicans with our child abuse and neglect reporting hotline.”

As temperatures rise during the summer months, Governor Martinez also reminded New Mexicans to never leave their child in a hot vehicle. Since 1998, nine children have died in New Mexico from heatstroke after being left in hot cars.

Mayor Berry introduced an addition to the City of Albuquerque’s 311 smart phone app which now includes a #SAFE feature that will immediately transfer the user to a CYFD Statewide Central Intake operator to report child abuse or neglect.