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Idaho Seeing An Increase In Child Abuse Cases

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The number of serious injuries from child abuse is on the rise, according to a new study.

Injuries including head trauma and burns rose nearly 5% from 1997 to 2009, impacting more than six out of every 100,000 U.S. children.

The study, featured online in the journal Pediatrics, shows the findings negate the previously reported trends of a 55% drop in serious child abuse.

According to Brandi Whaley of Shaken Baby Prevention of Idaho, severe child abuse cases is on the rise here as well.

A C.A.R.E.S. doctor on the organization's board has seen a 10 to 15% increase in serious child abuse cases and a 20% increase in child abuse death cases. This is just within the past seven months.

"If you're that frustrated, call someone to relieve you for a little bit or put the baby down for five minutes. Make sure it's safe, in a crib, and you can take some time for yourself, listen to music, watch tv, then gather yourself, go back in and try it all over again because the message we leave is no baby has ever died from crying," adds Whaley.

Visit www.preventshakenbaby.org for more on the organization.


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