TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - With a local case like that of Larry and Nikki Russell arrested for extreme charges of child abuse and criminal confinement in Terre Haute, it's surprising to some people that it took more than three months before the abuse was noticed.
Cases like this one remind everyone that victims could be living in your neighborhood and going to school with your children; so it begs the question, "How did no one notice?"
Neighbors of the Russell's report very normal happenings at the house since they moved in.
They say children play outside and acted as what he considered normal.
Dr. Catherine Tucker at Indiana State University has done a great deal of work concerning children's mental health.
In cases similar to this one, Dr. Tucker says that the symptoms can be more subtle than a large bruise or a black eye.
In those situations, the telling signs are how a child's behavior changes.
"A child who used to be really outgoing and friendly becoming quiet and sitting by themselves could be a sign; or a child who used to be energetic and all of sudden being very tired," Dr., Tucker explained. "Those are things that are a little more subtle but are sometimes indicators."
Dr. Tucker also says calling the abuse report hotline is the best idea if you see something that seems suspicious or problematic. Those reports are anonymous, and often times several small, but suspicious reports can help case workers put together a greater picture.
Indiana State University does offer counseling clinics free of charge, and they can be reached at (812) 237-2800.
Child Protective Services offers a toll-free hotline to report abuse at (1-800) 800-5556.
Right on cue, Thursday’s early winter storm dumped snow and ice on the Wabash Valley but county highway crews were a step ahead of the weather’s arrival pre-treating the 897 miles of pavement in the county.
A fire has engulfed the First Prairie Creek Church in Vigo County.
A four car accident in eastern Vigo County leaves one person dead.
Workers at a new eatery in Terre Haute are preparing to open.
Otter Creek Township is on its way to getting a new fire station.
Knox County Commissioner Don Halter is ahead of the game when it comes to winter weather preparedness. But the man-power may have a hard time running full throttle. The Knox County highway budget took big cuts in 2013.