Mercy for Mamas

The Issue

The Crisis Nursery helps to prevent child abuse and neglect and the human, social, and financial cost to the community. During 2013 in Minnesota, 4,171 children were the victims of abuse and neglect, and of those, 36 suffered life-threatening injuries and 17 died from maltreatment. 42% of all children in reports of maltreatment were age 5 or younger and 77% of alleged offenders were victims’ birth parents (

What is considered abuse and neglect in Minnesota?

Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment of a child. It is usually failure of a child’s caregiver to:

  • supply the child with necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical, or mental health care, education or appropriate supervision.
  • protect the child from conditions or actions that endanger the child; or
  • take steps to ensure that a child is educated according to the law.

Physical abuse is any physical injury or threat of harm or substantial injury, inflicted by a caregiver upon a child other than by accidental means. Physical abuse can range from minor bruises to severe internal injuries and death.

Mental injury is harm to a child’s psychological capacity or emotional stability evidenced by an observable and substantial impairment of the child’s functioning. It is considered abuse in Minnesota.

Sexual abuse is the subjection of a child to a criminal sexual act or threatened act by a person responsible for the child’s care or by a person who has a significant relationship to the child or is in a position of authority.

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services.