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February 05, 2005

57 Child Abuse Deaths Reported In Indiana During Last Fiscal Year

February 5, 2005 Indiananapolis [Associated Press

A decadelong trend of Indiana averaging at least one child abuse or neglect death each week continued last year.

Director James Payne of the new state Department of Child Services says 57 children died of abuse or neglect in Indiana during the state fiscal year that ended last June 30th.

The 57 deaths are the most since 61 children died in fiscal 2002.

James Payne, director of the state Department of Child Services, told The Indianapolis Star that reducing the deaths is one of the goals of his new agency.

The state report comes as Governor Mitch Daniels is calling for an overhaul of the state's child protection services.

Posted by Nancy at February 5, 2005 05:22 PM