Commissioner: abuse numbers from DCS were wrong

Commissioner: abuse numbers from DCS were wrong

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Children's Services Commissioner Kate O'Day says her department can account for every child reported to it in a severely abusive situation.

That said, O'Day told the Second Look Commission the 256 severe abuse cases reported to the panel for 2010 was an undercount.

The Tennessean reported the commissioner also told the panel Wednesday that the 675 such cases reported for 2011 were skewed high and included 2010 cases, making year-to-year comparison impossible.

The Second Look Commission is made up of lawmakers, police, prosecutors, child advocates and others who have a stake in children's welfare.

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