A committee will hold public meetings next week regarding a study of child deaths in Sacramento County that found more kids died in homicides than motor vehicle accidents between 1990 and 2009. The Sacramento County Child Death Review Team report was presented to county supervisors in January 2012, according to Stephanie Biegler of the Child Abuse Prevention Center.
The study shows almost one third of all deaths of children ages 17 years and under in the county were due to perinatal conditions - health problems like low birth weight or infections that occur shortly before or shortly after birth.
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The meetings next week will focus on what the report calls a disproportionate number of African-American child deaths. Black children accounted for 22 percent of child deaths between 1990 and 2009, but 12 percent of Sacramento County kids are black. The report also details child deaths and child homicides by zip code. Click the shaded regions on the map below to see tallies of deaths and homicides in each zip code. The report defines child abuse and neglect as homicides committed by the primary caregiver. Zip codes where no child deaths occurred are not shown on the map. Source: Sacramento County Child Death Review Team: A Twenty Year Analysis of Child Death Data