The Associated Press reported today that 786 children in the US died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. between 2008 and 2013. All of the children were already known to child protection authorities, who had reason to believe they were in danger. Most of the children were beaten or starved to death, or drowned.
Most of the 786 children whose cases were compiled by the AP were under the age of 4. They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect, violence or other troubles in the home.
The report cites problematic data collection and reporting techniques, understaffed protective service agencies, and under trained personnel who answer child abuse reporting hotlines as some of the reasons the country’s social safety net is failing abused and neglected children.
A state-by-state breakdown of the deaths can be found here.