Agency funds Child Assault Prosecution Unit
WARREN -- Trumbull County Children Services will fund the county prosecutor's unit handling child abuse and neglect cases because the county's general fund can't afford it this year.
County commissioners have asked Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to approve a $241,000 fund transfer from the children services board fund to the general fund.
The money will be used to fund the Child Assault Prosecution Unit. The children services board approved the fund transfer last month.
The two agencies have an agreement for aggressively prosecuting people who assault children, and for providing greater protection for child victims of abuse.
The CAP unit investigates and prepares cases for prosecution. Its staffing is two full-time prosecutors, one full-time investigator and a three-fourths time polygrapher/investigator.
This year, however, county commissioners said there isn't enough money in the county's general fund to pay the cost.
Children services refers cases of child abuse and neglect to the CAP unit when criminal involvement is suspected.