- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Changes in Minnesota’s child protection law passed by the state Legislature last month are already in play at the local level.

Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott says small changes in the law have made big differences in how child abuse cases are handled. Law enforcement is back on the front line of abuse cases and the county attorney’s office is helping to coordinate the process.

McDermott tells KTOE radio (http://bit.ly/1bkLdds ) the abuse report is viewed in a much broader sense with a look at the past history of the people involved in the system. Mankato Police Cmdr. Jeremy Clifton says in the past human services may not have access to law enforcement contacts that others in the child’s life have had - contacts that didn’t meet the level of criminal charges.

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Information from: KTOE-AM, http://www.ktoe.com

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