New interview room to help nail child abusers

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Hope Haven Children Services in Hancock County unveiled its newest tool to help law enforcers convict suspected child abusers.

It's a soundproof forensic interview room equipped with two cameras, hidden microphones and comfortable seating designed especially for children.

In a nearby room, there is a recording device and a monitor that allows authorities to watch the interview live while it's being recorded for evidence.

"When a child has been abused or seriously neglected, the trauma doesn't end when the child is picked up. One of the hardest things children have to do after that is tell their story to an adult," Executive Director Hope Haven Terry Latham said. "What we do is Hope Haven pays for a professionally trained, certified forensic interviewer to come in and sit and meet with [the child]. This will make it much easier for social services and the youth court and law enforcement to turn around and prosecute cases."

The high tech equipment was bought and installed by Alarms Plus, Inc. out of Diamondhead at a discounted rate.

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