Deaths Are Rising Among L.A. County Kids

Los Angeles County officials have released troubling new statistics showing a stark rise in the number of child deaths in L.A. County.

The figures were included in a series of reports compiled by a group of local agencies, including the District Attorney’s Office, Department of Children and Family Services, and the county coroner’s office. They show 222 children died in L.A. County in 2016, marking a 20% increase year-over-year.

The causes of death include homicide, auto accidents, accidental deaths and suicides, which is a growing problem among adolescents in the county and nationwide. The one silver lining is that abuse-related deaths are down by 14%.

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