How often is child abuse fatal?

Child abuse and neglect contributed to 1,580 fatalities in the United States in 2014, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This amounts to 2.13 deaths per 100,000 children. 
In 2013, state agencies identified an estimated 1,217 children who died as a result of abuse and neglect -- between four and five children a day. However, studies also indicate significant undercounting of child maltreatment fatalities by state agencies -- by 50% or more. More than 70% of the children who died as a result of child abuse or neglect were two years of age or younger. More than 80% were not yet old enough for kindergarten. Around 80% of child maltreatment fatalities involve at least one parent as perpetrator.

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Child Abuse

In most cases of child abuse, the abuser is someone the child knows; parent, relative, or family friend. Abuse can be emotional, neglect, sexual, or physical abuse. All types of abuse can cause permanent mental or emotional damage ...

to the child as they age. Many will turn to alcohol or drug use, and some may become withdrawn and depressed.

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