EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - State data shows child deaths in Texas jumped from 171 to 222 for the fiscal year of 2016.
In East Texas, one fatality was reported in Angelina County and another in Shelby County by the Department of Family and Protective Services. However, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said the number of child abuse cases they are currently investigating is a staggering number.
DFPS said the statistic of child abuse fatalities can fluctuate because Texas has one of the largest child populations in the country.
The data for 2017 has not yet been released.