The number of children abused and neglected in Bell County increased in 2013 from the previous year.

According to data from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 1,100 children from newborns to age 17 were confirmed victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. The year before, there were 924 confirmed cases.

The same data shows the number of victims jumped from 4,757 in 2012 to just over 5,000 in 2013, resulting in 3,858 investigations by the agency. The same data showed that 454 children were removed from homes, up from 360 the previous year.

The number of fatalities caused by abuse or neglect dropped from five in 2012 to just one in 2013.

Read more in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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