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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta One parent, often unaware of circumstances Battered child syndrome common occurence EDMONON (CP) - A pretty 1%-year-old girl was brought into a doctor's office suffering from massive bruises, a broken leg, a broken arm and a large swelling on the side of her face. The mother said the little girl bad fallen downstairs, but the doctor was doubtful that these injuries had occurred naturally. He admitted the child to hospital, where he found out from her records that she had been in hospital before with concussion - said to have been caused by a fall from a crib. The doctor called the Alberta social welfare department, which began an investigation into a possible case of child-beating. Dean Melsness, provincial director of child welfare, said this might be a "typical case of the battered child syndrome." And instances of child-battering are common enough so that typical case histories can be drawn up for study. MOTHER CONFESSED The cases are used in medi< cal, nursing and social work courses because beatings of children are common enough to warrant medical and social work personnel being trained to recognize signs and symptoms in time to try to prevent them from leading to death or permanent injury. In the case Mr. Melsness was describing, the mother broke down and admitted that she had beaten the child. "This isn't typical," Mr, Melsness said. "In most cases the parents would attempt to deny it and most cases would have to be taken to court-provided NEW ARRIVALS . . . FOR THE EASTER PARADE Our stocks are now complete. Including the new wet look and Krinkle patents.  New Colore  New Toes  New Heels 12.95. B E N E F I T We invite you to choose your new spring wardrobe from our comprehensive range of world famous brand names. FOR THE TEEN and CAMPUS CROWD The Wet Look Is In See our windows Blue . . . White . Brown shades. .. a complete selection in Red . �.nd.............9.95 UP CLOGS White, A QC Blue, Bone UP OVER 20 NEW SPRING PURSES 6.00 UP * * t B E N E F I T S H O E S we \tocU a full selection of SAVAGE SHOES for children A complete selection of Men's Shoes available In our Men's Den. BENEFIT SHOES LTD. 615 4th AVE. S. PHONE 327-7300 Open Thursday and Friday Till 9 p.m. the doctor was willing to testify." But this case is intended to show why the beating took place. The social worker referred the woman to a psychiatrist. He found out that the little girl was the middle child of three. Two boys, four years and fix months old, completed the family. The husband and wife lived in a four-bedroom house in a suburb of a large city. There were no financial difficulties. But since the birth of the last baby, the woman had not been able to cope with the care of the three small children and all the housework. She got increasingly tired and short-tempered. She felt she never got out of the house. She could keep the little boy occupied wilh television and the baby was placid and behaved weO. But the little girl would cry and demand attention. "I told her to atop," said the mother. When the. 18-month-old girl didn't; the mother picked up a hairbrush.and began hitting her. Then she lost control and just kept hitting and hitting. "I didn't mean to hurt her. though," she said. The psychiatrist found through questioning that the mother had herself felt rejected as a child. Her parents had been extremely strict, spanking her frequently with a piece of board kept for that purpose, and keeping her locked up. This history of rejection in the offending parent's own childhood is fairly common, Mr. Melsness said. In this case, the husband was shocked. He had been unaware of any problem on the part of his wife. In other cases, Mr. Melsness said, the other parent.of ten knows about the beatings, but won't say anything about it. This little girl returned to her family from the hospital, with the department's social worker continuing to visit regularly The mother continued to see the psychiatrist. The little boy was. started in nursery school. "This has given the woman a chance," Mr. Melsness said "Left alone and unattended, there would have been the possibility that she would have given a more severe beating another time." He thinks it is important for health and welfare personnel to have a high "incidence of sus picion" in cases of child-batterings. Costs increase VON rate The increase in rates for the services of the Victorian Order of Nurses, is due to a general increase of costs on the overall picture, according to Dick Johnston, treasurer of the organizations. The increase is from $3.50 to $3.75. Mr. Johnston told The Herald that percentage - wise, this amounted to a six to seven per cent increase resulting from the amount of revenue collected in 1970 not equalling the expenses incurred. The cost of visits in 1970, on the average, says Mr. Johnston, ran about $3.51 or $3.52 per visit as opposed to revenue from each visit being only $3.50. "You must also remember," says Mr. Johnston, "that visits lorn is... �. bangingup your own clothes. ffn lei jmbubt neft are made even if the patient cannot afford to pay the fee." Another reason for the. increase in fee, is that -the number of visits made a notable is-crease in 1971, according to Mr. Johnston. _ "Changes are not necessarily made just because we want them," says Mr. Johnston. Any change in fees must first be approved by the local, and provincial organizations before going into effect. SHIRLEY LEE BELT HAS JOINED THE STAFF OF COBY'S BEAUTY SALON She extends her welcome to all her friends and customers to take advantage of this special. PRE EASTER Perms Reg. $10 Special .. 5M PERM SPECIAL VALID AT BOTH SALONS COBY'S BEAUTY SALON 322 13th St. N. Phone 327-5687 MARQUIS BEAUTY SALON Marquis Hotel Bldg. Phone 328-2276 Help To Build A New Arena! FROM APRIL 1st TO 10th, 5% OF All GROSS SALES WILL GO TOWARD THE NEW ARENA. SEE OUR FANTASTIC DISPLAY OF DIAMONDS 25% Off Buy That Diamond for the June Wedding NOW SANDY'S JEWELLERY "304 - on the second floor to save you more" 304 Sth St. S. Phone 327-4625 "It's better to catch the home situation early and cure it and cure the parent than to have to eventually take the child or all the children away from the home." He'd like to see small, neighborhood mental health agencies that could fill the gaps. But the trouble is that there aren't enough good agency workers to go around. Calendar of local k The Tuesday Evening unit of Southminster UCW will hold a rummage sale in Southminster hall Saturday at 9:30 a.m. * * * The Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club will sponsor another of its dances Saturday at appeninyA 8:30 p.m. in the Assumption School. Everyone welcome. The executive meeting of the First United Church UCW will be held in the ladies parlor Thursday at 7:30 p.m. SPRING COLLECTIONS MINI - MIDI - REGULAR Play To Win In These COATS Shaped with belts or tailored in luxury of wool knits, forttrol, or wool weaves, blended into smart checks. Smart spring shades. Sizes 5 to 15 or' 8 to 20. FROM ..... ................. *35 HANDSOMELY STYLED! EASY TO GET ON WITH FABRICS PANTSUITS and PANT DRESSES New look in tops. Tunic and button front. Pants are smooth fitting and flattering. Pull-on styles. Sizes 8 to 20. Reg. to 39.98 NOW FROM .. "KNITS" ARE GREAT STARTERS INTO SPRING SAVE NOW Beautifully detailed wool knits and fortrel textured weaves. Shades that are for now and then. 2 and 3-pce. styles. Sizes 8 to 20. Reg. to 49.91 ......... Imports 49.98 to 79.98 FROM ... *10.,,*15 *29 STILL MAKE THE SCENE IN A DRESS These dresses carry the labels of fortrel-polyester. _AII smartly styled, with the look that's new for the 70'*. Colours are bold and bashful. Full size range. FROM ............... Fashion and Service are Always Yours at the Betty Shops bettyshop Centra Village Mall Phone 328-5025 EATON'S BIG WIG SALE Thursday Through Saturday, April 3rd Curly Wig Looking for a Curly Wig on a stretch base of 100% Modacryllc fibre. Eaton's has it and at a smashing low price. Be *tj 4^*^ sure to see these exciting wigs. I M ' SALE, each.................................. | ^m Napoleon The look of Napoleon wig features extended back and extra long side tendrils. Has a great stretch base and is com- sfj pletely hand washable. 100% Modaerylic fibre. A I m\* little stunner. Limited colour range. SALE, each .... | Dutch Boy The look of Dutch Boy. A wispy bang, long flowing hairl Comes complete with a detachable dome for extra height. 4^*^ Tflf Complete colour range including frosteds. m BtT � * SALE, each................................ Tiowing nairi 23 Mrs. June Haver of Winnipeg, First Lady fashion eo-ordinator, will be in attendance at our wig bar, main floor, to assist you with your selection during the three days of the sale. Extra charge for styling. Please allow one week for styling appointment. Wig Bar, Main Fleet BUY LINE 328-8811. Shop Eaton's Thursday and Friday From 9 Til 9, ;