MONTPELIER (AP) - The former president of the Vermont Academy of Pediatrics says he hears from pediatricians around the state who say they are not being heard by the Department for Child and Families when they report child abuse.

Dr. Louis DiNicola of Randolph and two other doctors testified before the Legislature's Committee on Child Protection Tuesday.

The committee was formed earlier this year to examine the workings of the state's child welfare system in the aftermath of the deaths of two toddlers.

DiNicola says one pediatrician has recommended that if there is a life-threatening injury or apparent sexual abuse the child should be hospitalized or taken into state custody for 72 hours and not go home until the environment is determined to be safe.


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