Number of child fatalies in DC rising again

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of the DC Auditor has released a report that states the number of child and youth deaths in the District is on the rise again after declining between 2008 and 2013.

The report says that there’s been a “slight” increase in child fatalities between 2013 and 2015. The rate is in the city is still higher than the national average.

The report was on the Child Fatality Review Committee, “an interagency, multidisciplinary body that strives to reduce the number of preventable child fatalities in D.C.”. The audit found that the CFRC has “undertaken a broader range of activities” to fulfill that duty, but there are other ways the agency could be helping to advance child protection.

“Child homicides in the District of Columbia are primarily due to gun violence among youth, and the victims are primarily African-American. In addition, child fatalities in the District of Columbia disproportionately affect boys and young men,” stated the report. “Homicides, which have been the leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds in D.C., have decreased significantly among children and youth, from 34 deaths in 2008 to 14 in 2015, the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”