SAN ANTONIO – Deaths from child abuse and neglect in Texas soared 31 percent to 280 last fiscal year, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
The largest increase was seen in Houston and Harris County, where child deaths from abuse or neglect rose 90 percent from 2008, according to the department’s annual Data Book.
Harris County’s 67 deaths accounted for nearly a quarter of the state’s deaths in fiscal year 2009, which ended Aug. 31.
In Dallas County, 29 children died of causes related to abuse or neglect in fiscal 2009. That was up from 24 deaths in fiscal 2008, though down from 31 the previous year.
By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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