Several days ago, a 19-month-old named Vincent Hill died from child abuse in Harvey County, Kan. A neighbor had called a state hotline to report suspected abuse back in January, but didn't call 911 about screams coming from the house, the Wichita Eagle reports. The local sheriff is now asking the public -- if they suspect abuse -- to call 911, too.
In Hill's case, the SRS call center decided not to investigate because there wasn't any indication of physical harm. But the local law would have sent an officer to the scene, just to check the welfare. The sheriff believes they might have seen something that could have gotten the boy removed from the home. The Eagle notes that a lot of people dislike calling 911 because they want to stay completely anonymous.