HOUSTON - Almost two dozen people were arrested this week on child abuse charges, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested 22 fugitives wanted for crimes against children. The crimes range from Injury to a Child to Sexual Assault of a Child.

"In recent days we have seen some of the most disturbing acts of abuse on children by their own family members. Our children are the greatest asset for our future here in Harris County. Their safety and security against predators is a job we all take very seriously. Remember, we all have a moral obligation, any and all forms of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect on our children and take the initiative to report it to law enforcement." said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales during a press conference on Friday.  

The arrests were part of a four-day Child Abuse Initiative with investigators from the Harris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Warrants Division.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Crime Stoppers says there are more than 60,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in the state of Texas each year.