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Crimes against children can deeply affect first responders

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

First responders who attend to the scene of horrific crimes against children often develop post-traumatic stress disorder or other ailments, according to the National Children's Advocacy Center.

Karen Hangartner with the NCAC said these men and women see this day in and day out, and those experiences can change the way some people look at the world.

She said there are lots of emotions and trauma behind a crime scene such as the one Madison first responders encountered in trying to save the life of seven-month-old Blakely Alexandria Fairburn.

"For professionals that work with victims of trauma, they can experience chronic ailments, exhaustion, and they can become fearful for their own safety and the safety of their children," said Hangartner.

Court documents show Desiree Childers drowned her infant daughter inside a Madison home in August. According to the complaint filed to the court, Childers left the infant fully clothed, unattended, and in a running bathtub.

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