LAS VEGAS - Children are dying from child abuse in the Las Vegas valley and because the statistics are so bad an emergency news conference was held Friday.
This year alone, Dr. Jay Fisher says seven children were brought to UMC with child abuse related injuries that were so severe, the staff could not save their lives.
"We've never seen this type of a bump in child abuse fatalities," Dr. Fisher said. "I've been here 25 years."
He is the medical director of pediatric emergency services at the Children's Hospital of Nevada. It's part of University Medical Center or UMC which held the emergency news conference. They wanted to make a plea to the community to report child abuse and for troubled families
to ask for help.
Doctor Fisher says seven children died after they were rushed to the emergency room in the past 11 months.
"These seven fatalities aren't the only ones. There's children that have never made it to the hospital," he said.
The emotional toll he faces dealing with these cases became evident during his interview when he broke down and had to pause the interview.
"I've been doing this a long time," he said.
If you suspect child abuse or if you need help, you are urged to call the Clark County Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at (702) 399-0081.