Statutes: Saving Battered Children

Each year hundreds of U.S. children are brutally assaulted and even killed by their own parents. In 1962 alone, the American Humane Association found 662 newspaper reports of parents who beat, burned, drowned, stabbed and suffocated their children with weapons ranging from baseball bats to plastic bags. Most of the victims were under four; one-quarter died. If all such cases were reported, say some experts, the total would reach 10,000 a year. Many doctors suspect that more U.S. children are killed by their parents than by auto accidents, leukemia or muscular dystrophy. But the problem is more than medical....

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