Out of the Shadows: A Report on Child Deaths in Massachusetts

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) recently collaborated with The Boston Globe on a major investigation into child abuse and neglect deaths in Massachusetts. After a two year, $4,500 struggle to obtain public records from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), NECIR published their findings in a project that details the rapid increase in child fatalities in the state through the lens of the 110 children who died of abuse or neglect between 2009 and 2013.

In addition to the written investigation, NECIR released an interactive infographic that tells the story of the short lives and sudden deaths of each of the 110 children.

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