Child Fatality Review Team: high number of children deaths in Hampton Roads

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Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) - The Eastern Region Child Fatality Review Team has released their FY 2015 report showing there were 13 child deaths in Hampton Roads found to be caused by the abuse or neglect of a caretaker in FY 2015.

The report finds that approximately 25% of the child fatalities in Virginia during FY15 due to abuse or neglect took place in the Eastern Region as defined by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

The team also says the overall number of fatalities due to abuse or neglect in the region have remained high in recent years.

10 children died in FY 2011, 16 in FY 2012, 16 in FY 2013, 17 in FY 2014 and 13 in FY 2015.

Of the children who died from abuse or neglect in FY15, three were infants who had not yet reached their first birthday and six additional victims were under the age of two.

You can read the full report here: Fatality Report FY 2015 Preliminary

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