Child abuse, neglect deaths decline in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Eighteen children died in Kentucky from
abuse or neglect during the past fiscal year, down from 33 in the
previous year.

State officials report the number for the year ending June 30
was also down from 2009, when there were 29, and 2008, when the
number was 31.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services released the annual
child fatality and near-fatality report Thursday. It has supplied
the reports to the legislature since 2004. The cabinet emphasized
that the sample size was too small to show a trend, the Lexington
Herald-Leader reported (http://bit.ly/rLwSyQ ).

Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks says
the decline in fatalities is good news but that as long as one
child dies from abuse or neglect, no one can celebrate.


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