Child Abuse In Texas

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States.

These Texas counties have the most
Child Abuse victims

April is child abuse prevention month in the United States.  In 2016, Texas saw 66,075 confirmed cases of child abuse, with 222 children dying.

Last week, Houstonians were reminded of a grim child abuse case where a Richmond-area couple allegedly locked seven special-needs children in a single room and only fed them beans and rice.

Their caretakers, 54-year-old Paula Sinclair and her 78-year-old husband Allen Richardson, had new charges brought against them, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious harm.

The news comes as we enter April, the federally recognized month for child abuse prevention.  In Texas, health officials have begun a public education campaign taking aim at the widespread issue.

MORE DETAILS:  New charges against couple who allegedly locked 7 special-needs children in room

According to the Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas saw 66,075 confirmed cases of child abuse in 2016.

Of those cases, 52,173 or roughly 79 percent are categorized under neglectful supervision.  Physical abuse accounts for around 17 percent or 10,907 cases, physical neglect — or the failure to provide a child with food, clothing or shelter — accounts for 4,582 or 7 percent of cases, and sexual abuse accounts for 5,721 or roughly 9 percent of cases.

The remaining cases are split between abandonment, emotional abuse, medical neglect, refusal to accept parental responsibility, and labor and sex trafficking.

25. Wichita – 657 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 462
  • Physical abuse: 65
  • Sexual abuse: 41
  • Medical neglect: 13
  • Sex trafficking: 0

24. Montgomery – 675 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 457
  • Physical abuse: 82
  • Sexual abuse: 81
  • Medical neglect: 12
  • Sex trafficking: 0

23. Grayson – 687 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 453
  • Physical abuse: 78
  • Sexual abuse: 56
  • Medical neglect: 11
  • Sex trafficking: 0

22. Brazoria – 687 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 468
  • Physical abuse: 73
  • Sexual abuse: 87
  • Medical neglect: 0
  • Sex trafficking: 0

21. Potter – 699 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 480
  • Physical abuse: 94
  • Sexual abuse: 56
  • Medical neglect: 11
  • Sex trafficking: 0

20. Johnson – 725 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 554
  • Physical abuse: 59
  • Sexual abuse: 73
  • Medical neglect: 7
  • Sex trafficking: 0

19. Williamson – 735 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 588
  • Physical abuse: 61
  • Sexual abuse: 65
  • Medical neglect: 2
  • Sex trafficking: 0

18. Williamson – 744 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 509
  • Physical abuse: 120
  • Sexual abuse: 71
  • Medical neglect: 13
  • Sex trafficking: 0

17. Galveston – 756 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 481
  • Physical abuse: 121
  • Sexual abuse: 86
  • Medical neglect: 20
  • Sex trafficking: 0

16. Fort Bend – 822 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 526
  • Physical abuse: 155
  • Sexual abuse: 86
  • Medical neglect: 11
  • Sex trafficking: 0

15. Taylor – 852 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 592
  • Physical abuse: 155
  • Sexual abuse: 124
  • Medical neglect: 0
  • Sex trafficking: 1

14. Denton – 884 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 630
  • Physical abuse: 119
  • Sexual abuse: 88
  • Medical neglect: 16
  • Sex trafficking: 0

13. McLennan – 913 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 658
  • Physical abuse: 98
  • Sexual abuse: 91
  • Medical neglect: 14
  • Sex trafficking: 0

12. Bell – 1,089 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 794
  • Physical abuse: 107
  • Sexual abuse: 75
  • Medical neglect: 23
  • Sex trafficking: 0

11. Lubbock – 1,210 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 856
  • Physical abuse: 123
  • Sexual abuse: 81
  • Medical neglect: 19
  • Sex trafficking: 1

10. Cameron – 1,281 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 861
  • Physical abuse: 144
  • Sexual abuse: 128
  • Medical neglect: 28
  • Sex trafficking: 1

9. Nueces – 1,318 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 880
  • Physical abuse: 176
  • Sexual abuse: 114
  • Medical neglect: 24
  • Sex trafficking: 4

8. Colin – 1,362 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 960
  • Physical abuse: 195
  • Sexual abuse: 96
  • Medical neglect: 11
  • Sex trafficking: 4

7. Hidalgo – 1,522 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 951
  • Physical abuse: 166
  • Sexual abuse: 284
  • Medical neglect: 35
  • Sex trafficking: 2

6. Travis – 2,245 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 1,792
  • Physical abuse: 231
  • Sexual abuse: 145
  • Medical neglect: 26
  • Sex trafficking: 0

5. El Paso – 2,291 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 1,580
  • Physical abuse: 305
  • Sexual abuse: 140
  • Medical neglect: 48
  • Sex trafficking: 1

4. Bexar – 5,082 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 3,411
  • Physical abuse: 742
  • Sexual abuse: 444
  • Medical neglect: 112
  • Sex trafficking: 0

3. Dallas – 5,108 total confirmed child abuse cases’

  • Neglectful Supervision: 3,572
  • Physical abuse: 696
  • Sexual abuse: 387
  • Medical neglect: 104
  • Sex trafficking: 0

2. Tarrant – 5,648 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 4,258
  • Physical abuse: 608
  • Sexual abuse: 443
  • Medical neglect: 74
  • Sex trafficking: 3

1. Harris – 6,638 total confirmed child abuse cases

  • Neglectful Supervision: 4,290
  • Physical abuse: 965
  • Sexual abuse: 644
  • Medical neglect: 164
  • Sex trafficking: 6

Source: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

4 thoughts on “Child Abuse In Texas”

  1. Its a dang shame we even have to have a child-abuse prevention month at all. Keep up the good work though hopefully this message will reach and affect someone positively.

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