Number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2016, by perpetrator relationship

Child abuse in the U.S. - number of fatalities 2016, by perpetrator relationship This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2016, by perpetrator relationship. In 2016, around 258 children died due to abuse by their mother and father.
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Number of victims
Mother347
Mother and Father258
Father216
Mother and Nonparent(s)137
Other 45
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 36
Relative (Female) 35
Partner of Parent (Male) 31
Relative (Male) 26
Child Daycare Provider (Female) 23
Mother, Father, and Nonparent20
Friend or Neighbor 8
Foster Parent 5
Partner of Parent (Female) 3
Legal Guardian 1
Child Daycare Provider (Male) 1
Other Professional 1
Number of victims
Mother347
Mother and Father258
Father216
Mother and Nonparent(s)137
Other 45
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 36
Relative (Female) 35
Partner of Parent (Male) 31
Relative (Male) 26
Child Daycare Provider (Female) 23
Mother, Father, and Nonparent20
Friend or Neighbor 8
Foster Parent 5
Partner of Parent (Female) 3
Legal Guardian 1
Child Daycare Provider (Male) 1
Other Professional 1
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This statistic shows the number of child fatalities due to abuse or maltreatment in the U.S. in 2016, by perpetrator relationship. In 2016, around 258 children died due to abuse by their mother and father.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
Based on State submissions to National Child Absuse 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 41 out of 52 U.S. states.

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