Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Surge in Illinois Child Deaths
WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- A new report an alarming surge in child deaths in Illinois.
More than 220 child deaths were reported for fiscal year 2013, and the homicide average for children in our region is 40 percent higher than the rest of the state.
DCFS found child deaths in the past six months have declined because of new initiatives, including efforts to increase awareness, but the numbers for 2013 are still shocking.
Regional Superintendent Derek Hobson covers the 34 counties in southern Illinois.
Reporting child abuse or neglect is a key piece of the puzzle. A staggering 75 percent of reported deaths involve children whose families had no prior DCFS contact.
Like the case of 7-year-old Willow Long who was murdered this month.
Hobson said it's better to be safe than sorry. He encourages everyone report anything unusual.
You can report child abuse on the DCFS hotline anonymously by calling (800) 25- Abuse, or (800) 252-2873
If a parent can't take care of their children, they can also reach out to local law enforcement so they are in a loving, nurturing environment.
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