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State Reporting Rise In Deaths Of Children From Abuse And Neglect

Last updated on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

(UNDATED) - The number of Indiana children who died from abuse or neglect has increased.

The latest report from the Department of Child Services lists 40 deaths in 2011, that's up from 25 the previous year. The report also indicates nearly half of the deaths were children under a year of age.

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Director of Programs Sandy Runkle says there are many factors that lead to abuse and neglect deaths. She says typically there are many stress factors that lead to these cases.

Runkle says some parents expect too much from children, domestic violence, substance abuse and insufficient income can all play a part. Runkle says parents need better education on how to deal with stress factors and where to turn for help.

Runkle says 1-800-CHILDREN is a statewide number designed to help any parent in need with resources on a wide range of topics.

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