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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: What are the characteristics of fatality victims of child maltreatment?
A: In 2010, an estimated 1,560 children died as a result of maltreatment.

Characteristics of fatality victims of child maltreatment, 2010

Estimated number of victims 1,560
 
Fatality rate* 2.1
 
Age
Under 1
48%
1
14%
2
12%
3
6%
4 to 7
11%
8 to 11
4%
12 to 17
6%
 
Gender
Male
57%
Female
43%
Unkown/missing
0%
 
Race/ethnicity
White
44%
Black
28%
Hispanic
17%
American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
Other/multiple race
4%
Unknown/missing
6%
 
Perpetrator relationship to victim
Mother only
29%
Father only
17%
Mother and father
22%
Mother and other
9%
Father and other
2%
Nonparent
11%
Other/unknown
10%

Notes: *Rate is per 100,000 children under 18 in the U.S. population. This table is based on sample data reported by a varying number of states. The number and rate of fatalities have been increasing during the past 5 years. Because the national estimate of child fatalities is influenced by which states report, even small fluctuations in the data can affect the national estimate and the national rate.

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  • Infants and toddlers (ages 0 to 3) accounted for 80% of child fatality victims in 2010.
  • Nearly four of every five child fatalities (79%) in 2010 were caused by one or more parents; about 29% were perpetrated by the mother acting alone.
  • Two of every five (41%) of fatalities in 2010 were the result of combinations of maltreatment types, one-third (33%) were a result of neglect, and one-quarter (23%) were the result of physical abuse.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02109.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.

 

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