Kintigh: Child abuse cases most frustrating for law enforcement

October 12, 2013 • Local News

Dennis Kintigh spoke about the difficulties of child abuse cases from a law enforcement perspective. As an FBI agent, one-time interim Roswell Police Department chief and detective for Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, he has a broad base of knowledge. It was during his tenure at the SO that he found the abuse of little children most distressing. “That’s not a strong enough word. Words cannot describe what it is like to see these things. You think you are strong and can deal with it.”

Recently, Kintigh had been called to the two separate investigations of possible child abuse — one where a 19-month-old child was found dead and a second where a girl was found caged a room. “I’ve been in law enforcement for 30 years and abuse of child is the most shocking and disturbing of all cases we handle,” he said.

He described the conditions of the 19-month-old child who died. The Office of the Medical Investigator ruled the baby died of natural causes and he does not argue with their ruling, but found the conditions under which the child was found deplorable. “We were told that the 19-month-old was Login to read more

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