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Child Deaths And Abuse Cases Up In 2012

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says neglect and abuse killed 90 children in the state last year and almost half were infants who died in unsafe sleeping conditions.

Department spokesman Dave Clarkin said yesterday the total could rise. More than 60 2012 death investigations are still pending. Clarkin says 40 of the children were infants who suffocated while sleeping with parents, with blankets or on their stomachs.

Homicides were the second-largest category of deaths. Twenty-two of the neglect and abuse deaths were homicides.

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