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CHOOSE YOUR PARTNER CAREFULLY: Your child's life may depend on it.

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The story has a depressingly familiar ring to it. A small child lies near death after being severely beaten and the live-in boyfriend of the biological guardian stands charged with the crime.

Most statistics show that child abuse by unrelated adults living in the same household as the child is the exception rather than the rule.

Anecdotally, however, child abuse experts paint a different picture. In single-mother households, in particular, the boyfriend frequently ends up abusing the child, for a simple reason: a failure to bond with the child.

78 % of Child Deaths investigated by Cuyahoga County in 2008 and 2009 were caused by a mother’s partner; often, the boyfriend or step-father of the child. 

When choosing your partner, you are not just choosing for yourself. You are choosing for your child, too!  Your partner plays an important role in your child’s life. Choosing the wrong partner can be deadly. 

Violence affects children from every income level and race.  Each year, thousands of children end up seriously injured or killed nationally. 

Sometimes, when you are in love, you can miss the warning signs. One of the most important signs to look for is how your child acts when left alone with your partner. Is your child afraid every time you leave? Does he or she cry often? Shake with fear? Has your child begun to show new behaviors like bed-wetting, thumb sucking, being clingy to you, or crying often when you leave the room?