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Child identification kits given out in Pittsburg

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Local and state law enforcement teamed up Tuesday to hand out child identification kits.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office with help from Cox Communications and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office gave out the kits in Pittsburg.

Each packet provides an opportunity for parents to write down basic information about their children as well as a DNA swab and a fingerprint kit.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says it's important that we all work to try to prevent children from going missing.

"KBI tells us that somewhere in the range of 600 kids a day are reported missing one way or another in Kansas - runaways, folks who are abducted occasionally, kids who end up wandering off - and having parents being able to quickly provide that information to law enforcement can make a difference," says Schmidt.

The program nationwide has helped recover more than 600 kids so far.

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