Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Report: Baltimore homicide ranks high in child mortality

BALTIMORE ( Associated Press) — Murders were the leading cause of “unexpected or unusual” death for children in Maryland’s largest city in recent years, according to a report by Baltimore Gov.

The Baltimore Sun reported that out of 208 such deaths among children under 18 in the city for the five-year period ending in 2020, 69 were from homicides.

The Child Fatality Task Report, created by officials and led by the city’s health department, also outlines efforts to reduce the mortality rate. The number of “unexpected or unusual” child deaths was lower compared to 2011-15, when the number stood at 236.

“As a city, we are losing many of our youth to violence and neglect. These are children and teens who will never be able to grow up and realize their full potential,” Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement, adding that the report and its recommendations “link directly to our shared vision for equity across our city.” have happened.

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Seventy-five percent of the children who died were non-Hispanic black residents, the latest report said, compared to 62% of the ethnic group that makes up Baltimore’s total population.

There were also 60 sleep-related deaths and 40 were identified as accidents such as drownings, car accidents and accidental shootings.

The city has already put in place a program to reduce deaths from sudden infant death syndrome. Scott said he wants to expand violence prevention efforts with the new federal fund. The report also highlights the goals of prioritizing health care agencies and providers in supporting parents dealing with drug use and preventing death.

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