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As reported child abuse increases, experts work to measure, fight problem

Data show that officials investigated more than 13,000 WNC children for reported neglect, abuse in a one-year period, with more than 131,000 investigated statewide. Inside: The number of children investigated from each of the 18 counties and what experts and advocates say can combat the problem.