Brain Damage and Child Neglect


Define- child neglect

Child neglect is a form of child abuse, and is a deficit in meeting a child's basic needs, including the failure to provide adequate health care, supervision, clothing, nutrition, housing as well as their physical, emotional, social, educational and safety needs

Signs of Child Neglect

  • Frequent absences from school
  • Lacks sufficient clothing or is inappropriately dressed for the weather
  • Steals or begs for food or money
  • Is consistently dirty or has severe body odor
  • Lacks needed medical or dental care, glasses, or immunizations
  • States that no one is home to provide care

How is the brain effected from child neglect?

suffering from 'severe sensory-deprivation neglect', he said, and as a result the brain is far smaller and has far more blurry structures.  

It is believed the child lacked any experiences of sound, smell or touch and as a result will have been subjected to an extreme level of abuse. This child's brain is significantly smaller than average and has enlarged ventricles and cortical atrophy.

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Three pictures of child neglect  

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Information of recent child neglect case.

Child abuse and neglect cases increase in Indiana

Statistics indicate that children in southern Indiana experienced higher rates of abuse and neglect than in other parts of the state. In Scott County, 50.4 per 1,000 kids experienced abuse or neglect.

Crawford, Orange and Scott counties all made the list of 10 counties with the highest rates of child abuse and neglect per 1,000 children under 18.

"These are children that are going to our churches, going to our schools, that are in our family," said Pam Darnall, CEO of Family of Children's Place. "We do have these challenges."

Family and Children's Place has offices in Kentucky and Indiana. Darnall said in an average year, the agency will work with 6,000 people. In southern Indiana, they will assist more than 550 families.

"Child abuse and neglect knows no socioeconomic boundaries," Darnall said. "It knows no racial boundaries, no neighborhood boundaries."

Darnall said the community should feel a responsibility to make sure every child can live a happy, healthy life.

Video on child neglect case


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