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Child Abuse Cases On The Increase In Indiana


The number of abuse and neglect reports to the Indiana Department of Child Services has increased 15 percent.

In 2011, DCS received 151,440 reports of abuse or neglect and that went up to 173,541 reports of abuse or neglect last year.

DCS Chief of Staff John Ryan says that people are more aware of abuse and neglect and he added that about 18 percent of child abuse and neglect reports turn out to be substantiated.

360 Hoosier children died from abuse and neglect from 2003 to 2010.

Child fatality numbers are not yet available for 2011, 2012 or 2013 year-to-date.

To report child abuse or neglect, call the DCS hotline at 800-800-5556.