Report shows drop in child abuse cases in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report shows a slight drop in the number of Iowa children abused or neglected last year.

The state Department of Human Services report released Monday shows more than 11,600 children were abused or neglected in 2012. That’s a 1 percent decline from 2011.

Nearly 80 percent of all cases were considered neglect. It means a caretaker’s action or inaction puts a child in harm’s way. Officials say common examples are parents incapable of supervising a child because of drug or alcohol abuse.

Other cases involved physical or sexual abuse.

The report says more than 8,800 of all cases involved perpetrators who were later placed on a child abuse registry. The rest were considered minor and not likely to occur again.

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