Pinwheels Bring Awareness to Child Abuse

Pinwheels are brining attention to a growing problem across our region, child abuse and neglect.

On Wednesday morning, 532 Pinwheels were placed at the Luzerne County Court House. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick explains the significance.

It’s called a pinwheel planting..the people doing the planting are in the fight everyday to prevent child abuse..

“There are 532 kids that have been helped but for each of those kids we don’t know how many haven’t been helped.” said Commander Ron Foy of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department

Each pinwheel represents an abused child who got help at the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center.. The only way they can get that help is for people who suspect abuse to come call police..

“Please speak up! These children need assistance in order to truly help them in the course of their lives after being abused. We need to come forward and help them get counseling and services that are out there for children now a days.” said Shannon Peduto, of the Child Advocacy Center in Luzerne County

Investigators realize that some people are afraid to get involved.

“It is important for people to know that they will remain anonymous and the law will protect them and it dictates they remain anonymous.” said Captain Robert Lehman of Nanticoke Police.

The pinwheel field caught the attention of Willis and Naomi Mshimba of Wilkes-Barre. They had no idea what this was all about.

“It’s staggering. It’s very sad that people can harm children. Cue!!! They are innocent.” said Naomi.

“i mean the number is staggering really staggering’s really big.” added Willis