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State report shows increase in child abuse deaths
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Map, News) - State welfare officials say 46 children died in Pennsylvania last year as a result of abuse or neglect.
That was a 48 percent increase over the previous year.
According to Department of Public Welfare reports, the number of reported child abuse deaths was the highest since 1999, when 50 deaths were reported. The state received 31 reports of child abuse deaths in 2006.
The department's 2007 figures were released Wednesday.
Although the number of suspected child abuse cases rose from more than 23,000 in 2006 to just over 24,000 in 2007, the percentage of substantiated reports declined from 18 percent to 17 percent.
The department says nearly 60 percent of the substantiated reports involved sexual abuse.
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