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New data: child abuse deaths rise, notably in Texas, Indiana

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By BRIAN SLODYSKO and DAVID CRARY
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Newly released federal figures show a sharp rise in child abuse fatalities in the U.S., with the bulk of the increase occurring in two states, Indiana and Texas, where child-welfare agencies have been in disarray.

According to a report released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,700 fatalities resulting from child maltreatment reported in fiscal year 2016, compared to 1,589 the previous year - a 7 percent increase.

Fatalities in Texas jumped from 162 to 217. In Indiana, the death toll more than doubled from 34 to 70.

Juvenile Judge Marilyn A. Moores says her Indianapolis courtroom has seen a surge in child welfare cases due to the opioid epidemic.

She says that has overwhelmed the state's child welfare agency.

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