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Child Neglect and Abuse Deaths are on the Rise in Indiana

The Indiana Department of Child Services says child neglect and abuse deaths increased during fiscal year 2017 – that’s the most recent year in which statistics are available.  A new report says 65 child deaths in Indiana that year resulted directly from abuse or neglect. That’s up from 59 deaths in fiscal year 2016.  Forty-five of the 65 fatalities involved children 3 years old or younger. The report found that the most common neglect-related child deaths were related to kids being left unattended near water or a caregiver’s failure to provide safe sleeping arrangements.

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