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Mothers Asked to Choose Their Partners Carefully

LAS VEGAS -- A new effort launched Wednesday to get mothers to be careful who they choose as a partner. The idea is to stop the abuse of children by their mother's boyfriend.

The campaign called "Choose Your Partner Carefully" aims to get mothers to think about whom they are bringing into their home, and who they are letting take care of their children. The campaign will also provide resources for women, including ideas for low-cost childcare and counseling.

It is a joint effort by UNLV's Institute for Children Research and Policy, Metro Police along with community and government agencies. Metro Police say over the past two years partners were to blame for more than half of the children who died because of abuse or neglect in Clark County.

A recent case involved 2-year-old Orlando Morris who was choked to death. His mother's boyfriend, Cory Simmons, is accused of the crime. Police say he choked the toddler to stop him from crying. Police say the boy also may have been sexually abused.

The new campaign aims to show mothers the warning signs of abuse.

"How they treat other people in their lives. How they treat other men or women in their lives. How they act around the child. Do they get easily annoyed?" campaign organizer Amanda Haboush said.

The organizers want to encourage a woman to do a background check on the man they are dating. Law enforcement says even a simple check online will turn up important information. Cory Simmons, for example, was a convicted sex offender but the mother of the little boy he is accused of killing had no idea.