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Report Shows Drop In Child Abuse

DES MOINES, IA (AP) - A report out today shows a slight drop in the number of children abused or neglected last year.

The Iowa Department of Human Services report shows more than 11,600 children were abused or neglected in 2012.  That's a one percent decline from 2011.

Nearly 80% of all cases were considered neglect, which means the 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 drugs 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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