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Child Abuse in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) 09/28/10 -- Federal data shows Indiana removed nearly 9,500 children from their families last year because of allegations of abuse and neglect. The Indianapolis Star reports the data from the Federal Administration for Children & Families covers the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, 2009. It says the number of removals rose 1 percent from the previous year. Only five states removed more children from their families in 2009. They were California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Indiana Department of Child Services spokeswoman Ann Houseworth said it appears the growth in removals is tied to huge jump in neglect cases due in part to drug abuse, domestic violence, unfit home conditions and a lack of supervision. She says neglect cases now account for 83 percent of the removals in Indiana..

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