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Baltimore police, prosecutors seek help from child witnesses to crime

Baltimore police, prosecutors seek help from child witnesses to crime

As Baltimore endures record violence, city police and prosecutors are turning to an unlikely source to unlock crime scene clues: children.

The Police Department and state's attorney's office will announce Monday that they are partnering with trained interviewers at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center to question children who have witnessed violence or other crimes. The idea is both to help children deal with the trauma and to solve the crimes.

"Children witnesses oftentimes suffer first-hand violence," said Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. "The post-traumatic stress, the depression, attachment issues ... If we don't try to channel this in a productive...

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