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Abuse-related Child Deaths on the Rise in Sacramento County

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cases of child abuse and neglect resulting in death were up on average from 2004 to 2009 after four years of decline.  Also up: sleep related deaths on average from 2006 to 2009. 

Marian Kubiak with Sacramento County Child Protective Services also told the Sacramento Board of Supervisors more abuse and neglect cases are occurring in different neighborhoods.

KUBIAK: "Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, and Orangevale are more prominent from 2000 to 2009, relative to the previous decade. And it shows that North Highlands, North Sac and Del Paso Heights have become less prominent."

Nearly two-thirds of the children who died of abuse or neglect had a family history of abuse, addiction, violent crime or mental illness.

Including car crashes and natural causes, the overall child death rate in 2009 dropped to its lowest level since 1990. 

You can view the report here (.pdf)

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