After a decade of delay, Oregon officials finally launching child abuse call center

A state worker answers calls to Oregon's child abuse hotline, operating from a new call center in Portland. (Portland Tribune/Jaime Valdez)

PORTLAND -- The caller told Hannah Lene about a child disciplined at school for spraying water who begged school employees not to send a note home because he feared his mother would then punch him.

Another caller reported a child whose nose was bloodied from her mother slapping her face.

Lene starts the chain that might rescue such children from abuse. She is a call . . .