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Child Fatality Prevalence
During 2004, an estimated 1,490 children died from abuse or neglect-a rate of 2.03 deaths per 100,000 children. The 2004 rate is comparable to the rate of 2.00 deaths per 100,000 children in the national population for 2003.
While most fatality data used to create these estimates were from State child welfare agencies, many of these agencies also received data from additional sources.
For example, for 2004, statistics on 18.4 percent of fatalities were from health departments and fatality review boards. Coordination of data collection among multiple agencies contributes to a greater understanding of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect nationwide.
Child Fatality Research
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