JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The team that works with abused kids in our area has to move out of a local county.
Dr. Bruce McIntosh has a tough job as the head of the First Coast Child Protection Team. He sees our area's worst cases of child abuse. Now he's concerned some kids won't get the help they need.
"We're going to have to move out by the end of the year," said Dr. McIntosh.
For the past 2.5 years, CPT has been using a building leased by Orange Park Medical Center for free. Orange Park Medical tells us it is no longer leasing the building, so CPT has to leave.
Mcintosh worries kids in Clay County will lose out.
"Families will travel perhaps an hour or more to come up here to the Jacksonville office," said Mcintosh.
tells Action News Baker, St. Johns and Nassau counties give the team buildings to use for free in exchange for services, which can run up to$250 per child. Clay County pays the exam fee and gets a bill. So far this year the team has seen 232 kids in that county alone.
McIntosh said CPT is seeing more children every year, and he worries with that number increasing and families being forced to drive farther for help, children will suffer. "I'd hate to think anyone would not report a case of abuse because of inconveniencing someone," said Dr. Mcintosh.