Kids are more likely to die from a homicide than from a car wreck in Sacramento County, according to a new report.
“They were either killed by their parents or somebody that was not their primary care giver,” said Stephanie Biegler, the director of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento County.
These are the shocking results of a 20 year Child Death Review Team Report that looked at every time a child died in Sacramento County.
“[We’ve] been working with a team of doctors, law enforcement, the district attorney, and county agencies, to investigate the death of every child in our county birth to 17 years of age,” said Biegler.
Their goal is simple: to find out how and why they died, and to come up with programs to prevent future deaths.
“They are usually in a family where there is substance abuse. They have died in a family that has violent crime, including domestic violence. They are also in a family where there has been child abuse and neglect,” said Beigler.
The study also found African American children died almost twice as much as Caucasian children.
“When we took a look at the deaths of African American’s the communities like Del Paso Heights, and Oak Park and the Meadowview area, [they] are communities where children were where the majority of these deaths occurred,” said Beigler.
This team will present their findings to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in May. But before that, they will have three community meetings in April to discuss how the local residents, teachers and county workers can team together to fight this problem.
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