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Chief Ed Flynn's shocking story of a child victim turned criminal

In launching a campaign to keep funding going for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn urged people to not look at criminal record alone.

He painted a portrait of a repeat offender in Milwaukee that shows the seeds to a life of crime were sown at the tender age of 5.

He recounted the story of a girl born in 1997 who in just a two year period was arrested 11 times.

Her crimes were violent, often she was armed.

Turns out as a young child she was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend.

Her brother also a gang member, convicted of multiple felonies including child pornography.

Chief Flynn says if the community is to truly invest in safety, it can't just be about putting the bad guys away, but reaching child victims before they grow up to offend.

The Milwaukee Police Department handles 6,000 domestic violence calls each year and investigates some 500 child abuse and neglect cases annually.

Watch for more of the Chief's dark narrative on a little girl who very early in life and had all the cards stacked against her and then went out to victimize others.

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