What is the role of mandated reporters in an abuse case?

The Hennepin County prosecutor has called a recent case of abuse involving vulnerable adult twins in Minneapolis is the most horrifying case his office has ever seen.

Concerns at the family's address had been reported to Minneapolis police 53 times since 2011, and several times to Hennepin County Social Services.

Law enforcement officers and social services workers are among those who are legally required in Minnesota to report the abuse or neglect of children and vulnerable adults.

To learn more about what's expected of these so called "mandated reporters," MPR News host Tom Crann spoke with Kari Benson. She is the director of the Aging and Adult Services division at the Department of Human Services.

To listen to their conversation click the audio player above.

To report the abuse of a vulnerable adult call 844-880-1574 or visit mn.gov/dhs/reportadultabuse

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