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Pinwheels for child abuse prevention in Hancock County

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Many people wore blue Wednesday to support the prevention of child abuse and neglect, but in Findlay, they did things a little different.

There were 368 pinwheels placed in front of the Hancock County Courthouse. That number represents the amount of open and investigated child abuse cases in the county last year. It's only a small fraction of the approximately 1,300 calls Hancock County Children's Services receives each year to report child abuse.

The goal of the display is to remind people that child abuse happens everywhere. There are signs to look for:

"A lot of times you'll see children very withdrawn, very underweight," said Diana Hoover, of Hancock County Children's Services. "Maybe sometimes with abuse, they'll wear clothing that's inappropriate for the weather, like maybe it's really warm, but they have on long sleeves."

On a positive note, the amount of pinwheels has decreased. In 2011, there were 408 cases of child abuse.

Related: Blue Wednesday for Child Abuse Prevention Month

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