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Report: Hundreds Of Child Deaths Preventable

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State Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

State Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A new state report says almost 600 children’s deaths in Connecticut over the last 10 years were preventable, including more than 100 who were victims of homicide.

The Connecticut Child Fatality Review panel’s report, released Wednesday, says accidental deaths such as drowning, car crashes and suffocation accounted for 400 of the 1,529 deaths reviewed since 2001.

As a percentage of each year’s total, though, accidental deaths have been dropping. Connecticut Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein says that’s encouraging, and suggests prevention programs might be helping.

Natural deaths from medical causes were the largest category.

Seventy-seven children and teens also committed suicide during that period. Although suicides comprised less than 10 percent of the deaths, Milstein says they’re especially worrisome because some of the children were as young as 10 years old.

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