http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/04/03/infant.neglect.ap/index.html ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- About 1 in 50 U.S. infants are victims of nonfatal child abuse or neglect in a year, according to the first national study of the problem in that age group. Other studies have looked at child abuse and neglect, but this is believed to be the first to focus on infants. The study focused on children younger than 1 year, and found nearly a third were one week old or younger when the abuse or neglect occurred. "It is a particularly vulnerable group," said study co-author Rebecca Leeb, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We were struck by the fact there was a clustering of maltreatment with the very, very early age group." The researchers counted more than 91,000 infant victims of abuse and neglect in the period October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006. The information came from a national database of cases verified by protective services agencies in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Other studies have looked at national child abuse and neglect cases, but this is believed to be the first to focus on infants, said Leeb, a CDC epidemiologist. About 30,000 of the cases involved infants aged one week or younger. About 68 percent of those cases were attributed to neglect. I knew it was bad but never imagined it was this bad. God help us all what is this nation coming to.