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A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) shows that about 1 in 50 U.S. infants are victims of nonfatal child abuse or neglect in a year.  The study, believed to be the first to focus on infants, found nearly a third of those who had been abused or neglected were one week old or younger when the abuse or neglect occurred.  Researchers, drawing upon a national database of cases verified by protective service agencies in 45 states, counted more than 91,000 infant victims of abuse and neglect in a 12-month period.
[Full story-CNN Health online]
[Pain Processing in Brain Affected by History of Abuse – ABC News, April 4, 2008]