Chief Investigator John Little is the recipient of the 2017 Patsy Baggett Award for his efforts in fighting child abuse.
There were 584 confirmed cases of child abuse in Wichita County in 2016.
Those are just the ones reported and investigated, many of which led to convictions and prison sentences.
Little has been an investigator with the District Attorney's office for more than 24 years.
He will receive the award at the Patsy Baggett Luncheon on April 7 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
He has spent a lot of his time working all sorts of cases as an investigator and has personally worked an estimated 600 child abuse cases.
"There's a lot of people on there who have given a lot more and there's people on there who have given a lot more to this system than I have. I feel fortunate to receive the award," said Little.
The number of cases in the county is high but hopes the strong support from government agencies and local advocacy groups continues, he said.
Patsy Baggett first received the namesake award in 1997 for her work advocating for area victims.
The luncheon joins several other events in April put on by local organizations to bring awareness to child abuse and its prevention.
Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services offers these tips on how to recognize child abuse.
To report an abuse you've witnessed, call the TDPRS line at 1-800-252-5400.
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