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249 Children Abused In State Custody In Massachusetts: Report

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Massachusettes Gov. Deval Patrick answers a question after addressing a campaign rally in New Brunswick, N.J., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 (AP Photo/Mel Evans) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

In one year, more than 200 children were abused while under the state of Massachusetts' care, according to a new report.

The Boston Herald reports:

State officials found evidence supporting 249 allegations of physical and sexual abuse and poor care involving youngsters in state-watched settings last year, according to the Office of the Child Advocate’s 2013 report, a copy of which was obtained by the Herald.

Thirty percent of those cases were in foster homes, 29 percent in treatment programs, 19 percent in day cares, 18 percent from schools and 4 percent from “others.”

The Associated Press reports that a Department of Children and Families spokeswoman said "the state works hard to protect all children."

The Herald's report comes just as officials in Arizona grapple with their own child abuse scandal.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is under heavy criticism after it was revealed the state's Child Protective Services department failed to investigate more than 6,000 abuse reports.

The American Humane Association has more information on child abuse and how to report it.

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