Cases of infant abuse and neglect surpass 90,000 in one year

April 7, 2008

A study released by the CDC discovered that 91,278 nonfatal cases of abuse and neglect among children younger than age 1 occurred in the 2006 fiscal year, and 32.7% of these cases involved infants a week old or younger.

A study released by the CDC discovered that 91,278 nonfatal cases of abuse and neglect among children younger than age 1 occurred in the 2006 fiscal year, and 32.7% of these cases involved infants a week old or younger.

A total of 68.5% of infants a week old or younger were categorized as victims of neglect, such as deprivation of necessities or medical neglect, and 13.2% were victims of physical abuse. Among all children under age 1 in the study, 38.8% were younger than one month.

The investigators used data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System for the October 2005 through September 2006 period, and published their findings in the April 4 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It is the first national study examining nonfatal infant maltreatment, they stated.