KUSA - Graphic video has surfaced showing a Florida woman punching two kids.
Vivian Vosburg was in Polk County court on Saturday on charges of child abuse.
Vosburg's arrest comes just days after her 14-year-old stepdaughter was also charged with bullying 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, until Sedwick commited suicide by jumping off a tower at an abandoned concrete plant on Sept. 9.
The video and arrests highlight an ongoing cycle of violence, abuse, and neglect in some families.
Experts say we need to focus more on preventing violence and identifying the warning signs before things get out of control.
Other cases have been reported in Colorado just in the last week.
Video obtained by 9NEWS shows 21-year-old Reba Doyle slapping her baby three separate times, while her 23-year-old boyfriend, Scott Liles, shakes the baby for crying.
Greeley police say a friend recorded the incident.
Doyle and Liles are facing misdemeanor child abuse charges.
Denver police are investigating an incident in which a child was burned after being left on a hot stove inside a car seat on Thursday.
The little girl is less than a year old and the child was not in the care of her parents when the incident occurred Thursday afternoon.
9NEWS sources say the little girl is expected to be OK.
Kirk Ward is Clinical Director at Mount Saint Vincent, a treatment center for abused and neglected children
Ward says the high number of cases is putting a strain on an already struggling child welfare system.
"It can happen anywhere," Ward said. "To some degree, our systems that are put in place to deal with these problems are underfunded and neglected themselves.">
Ward says isolated families are most at risk.
"People who are isolated generally are feeling somewhat overwhelmed," Ward said.
Other warning signs include severe changes in behavior, unexplained school absences, and marks or bruises.
Deborah Stinson spent more than four decades working in a system that's supposed to protect kids and help families, including time in Denver juvenile court.
Stinson says the real challenge is preventing abuse and neglect before the damage is done.
"We have not embraced prevention," Stinson said. "We have so many dysfunctional children and families in our society. It's harder to fix than it is to prevent."
There are many resources available if you or someone you know needs help.
Parents feeling overwhelmed or stressed call 211 to get in touch with the United Way and all the resources have to offer.
For more information: http://www.msvhome.org/
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