Pinwheels placed for abused children

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista Bella Vista police officers and firefighters teamed up with volunteers Monday to place 380 pinwheels, each representing a confirmed case of child abuse in Benton County, in front of the Bella Vista Police Department. This is down from last year, which had 439 confirmed cases.
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Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista Bella Vista police officers and firefighters teamed up with volunteers Monday to place 380 pinwheels, each representing a confirmed case of child abuse in Benton County, in front of the Bella Vista Police Department. This is down from last year, which had 439 confirmed cases.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista Bella Vista police chief James Graves, left, foreground, puts pinwheels in the ground in front of the Bella Vista police and fire stations, along with Lt. Scott Vanatta. Graves said this is a good chance to make child abuse -- which is often difficult to see -- more visible and tangible, and that reminder gives people a chance to think about how to address the issue. "Obviously child abuse is a terrible thing," he said. "It's the least we can do, once a year, to get together and think of those victims."


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