(KWTX) The state is reporting an increase in the number of child deaths because of neglect or abuse.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 2018 Annual Report on Child Maltreatment Fatalities and Near Fatalities, the number of such deaths increased by almost 23 percent between 2017 and 2018.
In 2018, 211 children died in Texas from neglect and maltreatment.
Five of those deaths were in McLennan County and only one death was confirmed in Bell County.
Leading the state in deaths was Harris County with 45 children deaths.
In half the cases, the children and their families had no prior history with Child Protective Services.
The report says 80 percent of the deaths involved children younger than 3.
Resources in McLennan County:
4721 W Waco Dr. Waco, TX 76710
Waco Family Abuse Center
415 Owen Ln # 1702, Waco, TX 76710
The Advocacy Center
3312 Hillcrest Dr, Waco, TX 76708
Resources in Bell County:
Aware Central Texas
903 N Main St, Belton, TX 76513