Report: 90K US Infants Abused, Neglected Every Year

April 4, 2008 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Reuters has a story today on a joint CDC/DOH analysis of data from state child protection agencies that reveals that 1 in every 50 infants are abused or neglected by their first birthday.   According to the report:

Physical abuse included beating, kicking, biting, burning and shaking, and neglect included abandonment, maternal drug use or failing to meet basic needs like housing, food, clothing and access to medical care, according to the report.

The findings were particularly troubling because children who suffer such abuse tend to go on to have numerous health and other problems, officials said.

“The findings do demonstrate a clear pattern of early neglect and physical abuse that is largely preventable,” Ileana Arias, who heads injury prevention efforts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

You can read the entire Reuters story here.

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