Report documents cases of child abuse, neglect

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A report from a child advocacy group finds that 1,450 children below the age of 6 were abused or neglected over a 12-month period in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island KIDS COUNT planned to release a report Tuesday and offer suggestions for keeping young children in the state’s child welfare system safer.

The report says that in the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, the state Department of Children, Youth and Families investigated 3,270 reports of abuse or neglect.

Of the abuse cases investigated, physical abuse was confirmed in 11 percent and sexual abuse in 1 percent of the cases.

Allegations of neglect were confirmed in 85 percent of the cases investigated.

The report said some children were exposed to abuse and neglect.

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