Abuse claims are up at Iowa juvenile home

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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Child abuse investigations have increased at a state-run home for children with serious behavioral problems, and some of the facility’s practices are under investigation by advocates for the disabled.

Records from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals indicate that the number of abuse investigations this year at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo stand at five, up from three in 2012 — all which were deemed unfounded — and one investigation in 2011 that was considered a minor incident.

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