INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The number of Indiana children who died from abuse or neglect surged during the first year of a statewide hotline to report such cases, and officials from the Department of Child Services say many of the deaths involved social issues that the department can't control.
An annual report shows there were 40 deaths from abuse or neglect in 2011. That's up from 25 the previous year.
DCS had no involvement with the victims or their families in at least half of the cases.
New DCS director Mary Beth Bonaventura tells The Associated Press a number of the deaths involved issues like morality and addictive personalities that government can't control. She says DCS can't tackle the problem alone.
Nearly half of the deaths from abuse involved children under a year old.
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