Kentucky leads nation in child abuse deaths
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Nov 11, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A report released recently by the Every Child Matters Education Fund, a nonprofit group located in Washington, D.C, argues Kentucky has the highest frequency of child abuse deaths in the United States.

The data, which show that 41 children died in Kentucky as a result of child abuse in 2007, also states that the average rate in the state is four abuse deaths per 100,000 children, higher than any other state.

The nonprofit group released the report and its data to argue in support for opening courtrooms and records involving child abuse, including whether state social workers were involved with the child or its family prior to the child’s death.

According to a report issued by Anya Weber of the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Human Services, there were no deaths from child abuse in Trigg County from the 2007 to 2009 fiscal years.

In the 2007 fiscal year, there were 30 child abuse reports investigated, 26 in 2008 and 71 in 2009, the report indicates.

The report strongly encourages people who think a child is being abused or neglected to call their local Community Based Services office. They can also call 1-800-NEGLECT or 1-800-752-6200.

The Trigg County Community Based Service office can be reached at 522-3451.
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