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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Child abuse, teen violence higher in Indiana than other states

By Ashley Steeb and Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Children in Indiana are surviving, but they may not be thriving, according to new data released Monday. The Indiana Youth Institute released their annual KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book, which provides information on how Hoosier children are managing. The numbers show the state’s child abuse and […]

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Annual data book: Indiana ranks fifth in first time child abuse cases

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has the fifth highest rate in the country for first time child abuse victims. According to the 2016 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book, released Monday, a child is abused or neglected once every 20 minutes and half of the children are under the age of five. “About […]

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Data shows conditions improve – a little – for Indiana children

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Conditions for children in Indiana show signs of improvement despite a growing poverty rate, according to the latest report from a project that tracks the well-being of children in the United States. The newest data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center finds that the overall […]