Deaths from child abuse, neglect increase in Indiana


INDIANAPOLIS — A report has found an increase in the amount of children dying from neglect and abuse in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Child Services report said nearly 80 children died from neglect or abuse in fiscal year 2015. That’s up from nearly 70 deaths in 2014 and almost 50 deaths in 2013.

The report said the fatalities were caused by gunshot wounds, drug misuse, beatings and unsafe sleep practices. The study found head trauma to be the main cause of deaths in abuse cases while asphyxia was the primary cause in neglect deaths.

Nearly half of the deaths were homicides and a third of them were accidents.

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