US Department of Health and Human Services' Administration reports that child abuse has reached epidemic proportions. 772,000 children were abused in 2008. 1,740 children were killed by their abusers in 2008.
Parents comprised the largest group of abusers, at 80 percent, with 9 out of 10 abusers being the children's biological parents.
Dr. Kenneth Feldman, medical director of the Children's Protection Program at Seattle Children's Hospital, explained "The vast majority are from families who are struggling financially."
Crystal Ward Allen, director for Public Children Services Association of Ohio, said "We're finding that child abuse is directly attributable to what is happening economically,"