Record number of child abuse cases in Waco

Child abuse and neglect allegations around Waco are skyrocketing and pulling a record number of kids from their families.

Records show that 232 children in McLennan County were removed from their homes between October and May. That already exceeds the number of removals in the area by Child Protective Services in all of fiscal year 2013. State District Judge Gary Coley presides over CPS cases in McLennan County. He told the Waco Tribune-Herald that removals related to meth appear to be rising. Coley said that CPS last week took temporary custody of two newborns who tested positive for methamphetamine. Removals statewide are only up slightly from 2013.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman Julie Moody says drugs and domestic violence factor in many cases around Waco.