By Kevyn Collier-Roberts
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter
Rates of child abuse and neglect remain high in Ingham County. And over the past few years, Michigan has seen a rise in statistics related to child neglect and poverty.
According to a 2014 Michigan League for Public Policy map 22.6 percent of children between the ages of 0-17 are in poverty within the state of Michigan, with 23.7 percent of those children living in poverty in Ingham County.
Cases of confirmed victims of child abuse increased from 927 in 2006 to 1,612 in 2012. There was a sudden decrease in confirmed victims during the year 2014 but the rate was still rather high compared to other counties including Clinton and Eaton. Both of their child abuse and/or neglect cases were lower than 400.
Studies provided by the Michigan League for Public Policy revealed that blacks including Hispanics had the highest rate of 42.7 percent of confirmed victims who had been neglected and/or abused between the ages 0-17 in the year 2013. Whites followed behind blacks with 23.8 percent of abused and/or neglected children under the age of 18.