Reports of child abuse rise in downstate Illinois - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Reports of child abuse rise in downstate Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -

The Department of Children and Family Services says reports of child abuse and neglect are increasing across downstate Illinois.

From July through October, there were more than 25,000 calls to the state's child abuse hotline, representing a nearly 5 1/2% increase from the same period last year.

There were 35 downstate counties that showed abuse and neglect rates more than double the statewide average, according to the data compiled by Northwestern University.

Most of those counties were in the far southern part of the state.

The department offered no possible explanation for the increase but said it was part of a decade-long trend.

DCFS is encouraging anyone who suspects abuse or neglect of a child to call its hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Heartland NewsNewsMore>>

  • Suspect attempts to hit McCracken Co. official with vehicle, arrested

    Suspect attempts to hit McCracken Co. official with vehicle, arrested

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 6:01 AM EST2018-01-17 11:01:50 GMT

    An officer suffered an injury after police said a suspect attempted to hit him with a vehicle in McCracken County Tuesday night.

    An officer suffered an injury after police said a suspect attempted to hit him with a vehicle in McCracken County Tuesday night.

  • 5 things to know 1/17

    5 things to know 1/17

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:36 AM EST2018-01-17 10:36:35 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, January 17, 2018. First Alert Forecast The cold is sticking around. Wind chills are below zero again early today

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, January 17, 2018. First Alert Forecast The cold is sticking around. Wind chills are below zero again early today

  • Shoplifting suspect apprehended after chase in McCracken Co., KY

    Shoplifting suspect apprehended after chase in McCracken Co., KY

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 10:25 PM EST2018-01-17 03:25:41 GMT
    Christopher Fontana (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Office)Christopher Fontana (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Office)

    According to the sheriff's office, Christopher Fontana, 20, was accused of taking a soda and pocket knife from Pocket's Gas Station in the 5100 block of Cairo Rd.

    According to the sheriff's office, Christopher Fontana, 20, was accused of taking a soda and pocket knife from Pocket's Gas Station in the 5100 block of Cairo Rd.

Powered by Frankly