In Touch w/ Jeff Smith - Interviewing Child Witnesses

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "kids say the darndest things."


But here's a question for you, did you get those "things" or responses from asking a question in a certain manner?

When you ask a child, "Do you want a hot dog or spaghetti for dinner?" What answer do you think you're going to get? More times than not - it will be spaghetti because of either your tone, or just the fact it was the last option given.

Now, imagine having to retrace facts or truths in a court of law with a six-year-old?

Dr. Kamala London Newton, UT associate professor of psychology, says there is a lot to be learned from child witness testimony.

I've posted a link to her study on this page.