ENID, Okla. (AP) - Local courts soon may have a new way for abused children to testify in court when a video system developed by the Garfield County Child Advocacy Council is completed.
The new system is expected to be completed by fall, said Carole Wade, executive director of Garfield County Child Advocacy Council.
Currently, children who have been abused are interviewed in the child advocacy group's forensic interview room by specially trained law enforcement and child protective personnel.
Wade says children can testify in the forensics room, where they feel more comfortable, rather than in a courtroom so they do not have the accused abuser staring at them.
With the new system, a child's testimony can be seen in a courtroom at the courthouse.