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Michigan Tackles Child Abuse ‘Epidemic’

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2011

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Macomb County tackles its child abuse ‘epidemic’

Rash of horrific deadly crimes against young kids spurs action from prosecutor

Mount Clemens, MI— Two 4-year-olds killed by their grandmothers — one drowned in a bathtub, another strangled. A 3-year-old boy stabbed to death in a brutal attack by his mother’s fiance. A 2-year-old girl sexually assaulted and murdered by her stepmother. Authorities allege the disturbing scenarios are reality in Macomb County and among at least 10 abusive crimes involving children ages 6 and younger in less than two years.

While overall cases of abuse and neglect in Macomb County aren’t going up, Prosecutor Eric Smith said the county is experiencing a spike in the severity of its child abuse cases and child deaths nearly tripled in 2010. The annual average of up to two child deaths per year jumped to five.

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