June 26, 2012 12:00 AM

It isn’t rare for parent to single out one child for abuse

There are many possible reasons a parent might target just one child for abuse, and the situation is not that uncommon, experts say. Investigators don’t know why it happened in Kansas City last week when an anonymous call led police and caseworkers to a 10-year-old girl, malnourished and locked in a closet with her own waste. But experts weren’t shocked.

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