A new report says the number of Indiana children who died because of abuse or neglect went up, year-over-year.
The Department of Child Services reviews all child deaths where abuse or neglect was suspected. And in fiscal year 2017, that total was 65 Hoosier children. That’s up from 59 the year before.
The most common causes were drowning or a failure to provide safe sleeping arrangements. DCS reminds parents their child should sleep on a separate surface, not in the same bed as mom or dad. And the American Academy of Pediatrics says a child can drown in as little as one inch of water.
Nearly half of the deaths in the report are classified as homicides; about two of every five were accidental. The causes of the others were either undetermined or suicide.
DCS was involved in the lives of one out of every five children in the report. It was one in every 20 just two years ago.