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DAYTON — A Dayton man has been indicted on charges of child endangering, corporal punishment, after police said he beat his daughters.

Police said Greg Horn, 35,  is accused of whipping his daughters in the legs with a video cable that connected his TV to his DVD player.

The alleged abuse happened at Horn’s home on Fotip Lane.

According to the police report, one of the girls had visible welts on both  legs in the thigh area with open wounds.

The girls told police the beatings were their punishment for sneaking out of the house.

The indictment comes this first week of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

“The goal is to always keep kids safe,” said Kevin Lavoie from Montgomery County Children Services.

Abuse cases involving children are up. Children Services investigated more than 4,702 cases last year,  nearly 100 more cases than in 2011.

Lavoie said their hopes are to lower that number, and to urge people to report the abuse.

“We don’t  want people to have any reservations about calling 224- KIDS and letting us know about a circumstance or a concern.”

Lavoie said that when reporting abuse, you don’t have to give your  name or know for certain that abuse is actually happening.

“It may be nothing.  But rather than analyze it, let our specialists figure it  out and the best course of action.”

In the case of Greg Horn, detectives said the abuse happened when the girls were visiting their father, and their mother noticed the injuries and  called police.

Horn is scheduled to be in court April 16 for his arraignment  hearing.