Between 2015 and 2016, the number of child abuse deaths increased about 6.5% nationwide, from 1,589 to 1,700. In 2015, the child fatality rate was 2.26 deaths per 100,000 children. In 2016, the child fatality rate was 2.36 deaths per 100,000 children. The highest child fatality rate was in Arkansas, at 5.96 deaths per 100,000 children. Three states (Delaware, Montana, and Vermont) reported no deaths in 2016 due to child maltreatment, for a child fatality rate of 0.0%; and the next lowest rate was reported by Alaska, at 0.53 . . .