Parents of child abuse victim speak out; anti-abuse advocate gives advice

Parents of child abuse victim speaks out; anti-abuse advocate gives advice

After a daycare provider was arrested on child abuse charges and given an emergency court order, parents of the 4-year-old she was caught abusing speak out.

"Anger, overwhelmed, completely shocked," said Al Meyers said of his emotions. "You can't possibly put something like that into words, it's just impossible."

Daycare provider Lynn Rowe is seen hitting and shaking Meyers' daughter in a video released Thursday.

"If not for that video this would be a misdemeanor slap on the wrist," he said. "We are forever grateful for that video."

Rowe operated Lynn's Learning Center for more than 30 years.

Meyers and his wife, Kelley, sent their 4-year-old daughter to Rowe's center since she was 11 months old and say there were no previous signs of abuse.

"Our best defense is our relationship with our child and talking to our children about body safety and boundaries and then recognizing the signs," said Angela Roeber of Project Harmony. "Every ten seconds, a report of child abuse is made."

Police want to know if any other children might have been involved or abused in Rowe's care.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Omaha Police Special Victim's Unit at 402-444-5636.

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