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Santa Barbara County Task Force Looks At Childhood Deaths In County; 112 Reported Over Three Year Period

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 2:58pm

A task force looking at childhood deaths in Santa Barbara County says there were five homicides of children under 18 during the last three years.

The county’s Child Death review team is intended to look at childhood deaths, to try to find ways to prevent them.

The team looked at the period from July of 2009, to June of 2012.

There were 112 childhood deaths in the county, with the majority, 82, due to unpreventable diseases, or medical conditions.

There were 10 deaths due to accidents, five homicides, five suicides, and five deaths attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The cause of death in five additional cases was undetermined.

The team says it wants to focus on SIDS, and especially the danger of infants sleeping of beds with their parents, because they believe it led to some of the deaths.

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