Child Abuse Unit
Missouri Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline
Missouri Children’s Division
Child Abuse Detectives are summoned by District Officers to respond to incidents where children are victims of assaults and abuse. If a Detective is unable to respond, the District Officer is responsible for the initial investigation and report preparation. The District Officer will arrange for the Child Abuse Unit to follow-up if needed.
Victims and citizens can contact the Child Abuse Unit directly by calling the numbers listed on the right. However, it is recommended that 911 be called to report any child abuse or neglect case so that the police can respond immediately.
Detectives work closely with the resources of the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis and other area service providers who assist children and families where there has been abuse. When District Officers respond to a call where the child is a victim, they contact Child Abuse Detectives. The Detectives co-investigate cases with investigators from the Missouri Children’s Division according to state statute. A Missouri Children’s Division case worker is assigned to work directly from the Child Abuse offices in police headquarters.Other Resources
Child Abuse UnitThe Child Abuse Unit is responsible for cases involving sexual and physical assault where a child is the victim. Child Abuse Detectives are responsible for conducting investigations when there is a death of a child and assist District officers with other incidents where children are abused or neglected.