Accused child abuser case hits a snag

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Building a case against an accused child abuser may prove to be a great challenge because police were not able to get involved right away.

3TV has learned Child Protective Services knew about the allegations Qikai Chen beat up his boyfriend’s daughter but did not notify Chandler police for over a week.

According to the police report, Chen got upset because the 6-year-old woke him up from a nap.

He then allegedly pushed her head into a metal hinge inside a bedroom at Reflections Luxury Apartments.

The attack took place during the weekend of April 9 or 10. The child’s school notified CPS on April 12 but Chandler police were not called to investigate until April 19.

According to CPS, the girl sustained an injury that would classify her case as a Priority 2 or 3 which means CPS is required to get police involved right away.

Jacob Schmitt works for CPS. He says, "If it's a priority 2 or 3, it could take anywhere from 72 hours to 48 hours, in that time frame.

Further complicating this case is that the victim’s injuries were not immediately documented because police are responsible for collecting forensic evidence, not CPS. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is frustrated because he says, “The longer you take in documenting the abuse, the more difficult it is to show how immediate the harm was in the physical abuse and damage that occurred.”

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the case.