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Published February 22, 2011, 04:34 PM

ND House: Parents Shouldn't Watch Abuse Interviews

A bill to allow parents to sit in on interviews of their children in child abuse and neglect investigations has failed in the North Dakota House.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill to allow parents to sit in on interviews of their children in child abuse and neglect investigations has failed in the North Dakota House.

The measure said a social worker couldn't interview a child about possible abuse without permission of a parent or guardian. It required any interview to be recorded.

The House defeated the bill 71-23 on Tuesday.

Supporters say many abuse allegations turn out to be false, and having a parent in the room would keep the interviews fair.

Social workers and law enforcement officials opposed the bill. They say children may be less willing to talk if their parents are watching.

They say parents are often the suspects in cases of alleged abuse or neglect.

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