Michigan Ranks One of Highest in Nation for Rates of Child Abuse and Neglect

A shocking statistic- Michigan's rate of child abuse and neglect is now more than 50 percent the national average.

According to a national study, Michigan ranks 41st.

Statistics show 14 out of 1,000 children in our state are victims of abuse or neglect.

The highest rate of child abuse and neglect was found right here in northern Michigan.

According to this study, in Roscommon County, 41 out of every 1,000 children are victims of abuse or neglect.

9 and 10's Meredith Barack and photojournalist Jeff Blevins explored what may be behind the troubling trend.