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About three quarters of American families with school-age children own at least one pet. Many of these pets are treated like family members but some experience violence. Pets provide a source of reassurance to victims of abuse, especially children. S

The Indiana Department of Child Services reported 61 deaths in 2019 due to caregiver maltreatment, slightly below the 65 determined in 2018, according to an annual report from the agency.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, animal cruelty can vary from neglect to intended abuse or death to an animal. The ASPCA encourages Americans to be observant of animal cruelty in their neighborhoods. Everyday people sit idly by and do nothing when they could help eliminate cruelty through awareness and action.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today, Dec. 13.