Report shows drop in Iowa child abuse cases
DES MOINES (AP) — There was a slight drop in the number of Iowa children abused or neglected last year, according to a state report released Monday.
The report by the state Department of Human Services shows more than 11,600 children were abused or neglected in 2012, a 1 percent decline from 2011.
It’s unclear what contributed to the drop, though the department said in its news release that the rate of abuse can rise or fall based on the economy. Officials say reported abuse tends to decline as the economy improves.
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