By Scott Finn
According to a new federal report, there were more than 44,000 reports of child abuse in WV in 2005. That’s one report for every nine children.
Of course, some children may be reported multiple times, and half of the time, Child Protective Services didn’t find the reports credible enough to open an investigation. Still, it is by far the highest rate in the nation, more than twice the national average, and a lot higher than the year before.
State officials speculate that several high profile deaths of children may have spurred more people to report child abuse in 2005. Jim McKay, head of Prevent Child Abuse WV talks about the story behind those numbers.