These Texas counties have the most child abuse victims

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Published 4:29 pm, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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. 

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Unfortunately, health officials found that in 2016 222 children died in Texas due to child abuse or neglect, which is why it’s critical for Texans to be able to spot the general warning signs of abuse, which include a child whose nervous around adults, reluctant to go home, often tired, and is fearful and anxious.

Click through above to see a county breakdown of child abuse cases in Texas.

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