Le Bonheur says incident casts disturbing light on the plight of children - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Le Bonheur says incident casts disturbing light on the plight of children

Three children who survived Monday's attack are being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. 

And while the hospital cannot discuss how they are doing, the trauma they have experienced sheds a disturbing light on the plight of children in Memphis.

Susan Steppe is the head of the child assessment program at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.  Steppe confirmed the hospital is treating three children who survived the attack on Lester Street. 

Steppe said those young victims represent a small fraction of the children in Memphis who become victims of violence. 

"It is a moment that we want to be able to tell you that situations that are just as tragic as this one, possibly not as big in scope are occurring every day and they land on the door step of Le Bonheur," Steppe said.

In the past 8 months, Le Bonheur has reviewed more than 250 cases of child victims of abuse. The hospital is challenging the entire community to step in and help parents provide a safe environment for their children.  In the meantime, Le Bonheur is the safest place for the three surviving victims from Monday's deadly attack.

The three children being treated here at Le Bonheur are not allowed to have any visitors.  It is a protective custody order that was issued by the Memphis Police Department.

"And until we find out and find the person or persons responsible the security of those child victims are our first priority," Monique Martin of the Memphis Police department said. "There is a watchful eye on those children every minute."


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