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Published January 13, 2014, 08:47 PM

Grand Forks County had fourth-highest rate of child abuse and neglect in North Dakota

Grand Forks County had the fourth-highest rate of child abuse and neglect in North Dakota in 2012. That according to recently released North Dakota Department of Human Services statistics.

Grand Forks County had the fourth-highest rate of child abuse and neglect in North Dakota in 2012. That according to recently released North Dakota Department of Human Services statistics.

The county had 15.44 cases of abuse and neglect per 1,000 children during 2012 while the statewide average was 9.1. The 2012 number is fairly consistent with Grand Forks County's case rates over the last five years, as they have ranged from 12.9 to 16.0.

Recent numbers showed that the county had custody of 199 children. That compares with 135 children a year ago at this time.

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