The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) said the number of children in the state dying from abuse and neglect went up last year.
The Greenville News reported that DSS said there were 28 deaths from abuse or neglect in 2015. There were 22 deaths in 2014 and 25 in 2013.
The agency also said the number of children they serve as a result of an indicated report of abuse or neglect went up to more than 20,000 last year. Up from nearly 17,000 the year before. Officials at DSS said most of the increase is due to a new, centralized reporting system.
According to DSS, the number of complaints of child abuse and neglect received by the agency went from 27,370 in 2012 to 30,950 in 2014 and 40,463 in 2015.
Greenville County had the most investigations of physical abuse last year at 371. Greenville County also had the largest number of sexual abuse investigations at 47.