The number of children who were reportedly abused or neglected for the first time in Indiana in 2015 was higher in only four other states. A report titled “Kids Count” offers that disturbing finding along with a number of other unsettling statistics about Indiana’s children. More than thirteen percent of the Indiana children surveyed, for example, said they are living with a parent who has a drug or alcohol problem. The national average is ten percent. Listed here are other “highlights” of the report:
- In Indiana in 2014, a verified case of abuse or neglect was reported every twenty minutes.
- For every thousand Indiana children, sixteen were abuse or neglect victims.
- Nearly half of the reportedly abused or neglected children were age five or younger.
- In state fiscal year 2013, 14 Indiana children died due to abuse and 35 died of neglect.
- In 2013, more than one in five maltreated Indiana children had a disability.