As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, employees for Erie County Department of Job and Family Services placed 1,315 pinwheels into the Erie County Courthouse lawn Thursday morning.
The shiny, plastic toys, no more than a few inches tall, add color to the patchy grass but each also tells a heartbreaking story.
One pinwheel represents one report of abuse for one child, and in 2008 there were more than ever before.
Aaron Voltz, a children services administrator, thinks the lagging economy has something to do with the 20 percent increase over last year in reported incidents.
“Stresses that are on parents often lead to abuse and neglect,” he said.