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Woman denies abuse; CASA works to end it

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- An area woman says she's not guilty of harming her child.

Terrica Patterson is being charged with domestic battery and aggravated battery to a child. She's accused of causing significant bruising to her 7-year old son.

CASA is working to prevent cases like this from happening. Volunteers work with children involved in abuse or neglect cases.

They say there were fewer child abuse cases over the past few months, but the number of children in foster care has not decreased.

They say having volunteers to help out and getting the word out about how families can stop this behavior are ways of addressing the issue. 

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