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Cradle to Cane program's mission is justice

Cradle to Cane program mission is justice

A two-day conference teaching professionals about abuse from children to the elderly wrapped up today at Charleston Southern University.

It was all about unbearable crimes, against the helpless. The two-day conference was titled "Cradle to Cane."

Executive director of Shaken Baby Alliance Bonnie Armstrong said, "I promised her that if she would fight, and breathe I would make something good come out of something so incredibly evil."

Armstrong said her 4-pound baby girl was shaken and beaten with a baseball bat.

"I wanna find a way to hold people accountable where they cannot hurt children anymore," she said.

Medical director for the Physician Assistant Program, Jamie Downs said investigators need to do what they can, "from child abuse to elder abuse, neglect, special needs victims" to first recognize there's a situation.

The conference was centered around teaching professionals where to start with abuse cases. Downs said the first step as an investigator is to recognize and prevent.

"You have to recognize it to stop it," Downs said.

Passionate about protecting the innocent, Kim D'avignon has been a prosecutor for 16 years and is now an assistant district attorney in Texas.

"I am going to speak for you in a way that I hope you can be proud of, because you didn't have the chance because you were a child and didn't have the words then," D'avignon said.

"Last but not least, the most important aspect of our mission is justice," Armstrong said.

If you have want more information about crimes against vulnerable victims contact Jamie Downs at Charleston Southern University.

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