Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities, by age 2018

This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the United States in 2018, by age. In 2018, a total 692 children that were less than a year old died due to abuse.

Number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the United States in 2018, by age of victim

Age in yearsNumber of victims
Less than a year692
1195
2162
3108
456
538
626
728
824
920
1018
1119
1219
1312
1425
1514
1613
1715
Unborn, unknown, and 18-211
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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Based on State submissions to National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) of alleged child abuse and neglect. NCANDS collects case level data on children who received child protective services response in the form of an investigative or alternative response. Each state has its own definition of child abuse and neglect based on standards set by federal law. Child abuse is defined as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk or serious harm.

Numbers shown here are based on reports of 44 out of 52 U.S. states.

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