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State report: record-low number of child deaths in 2011

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at 1:56 p.m.

A state report shows that a record-low number of Kansas children died in 2011, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday.

In a news release, Schmidt’s office cited the Kansas State Child Death Review Board’s 2013 annual report, based on 2011 data. The analysis showed that the state had 391 child deaths in 2011, lowest since the board formed in 1992.

“The death of a child is always a tragedy,” Schmidt said. “This report is good news for Kansas, as more children are growing up to lead healthy lives. I commend the work of the Board in compiling this information to help policymakers focus resources where they are most needed to keep kids safe.”

According to the release, natural deaths accounted for the majority of child deaths, or 230 of the total cases. “Prematurity and congenital conditions accounted for a majority of natural deaths.”

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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