Report Sees Rise in Child Accident Deaths, Suicide

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A new report finds a nearly 25 percent increase
in the number of accidental child deaths in Clark County in 2007, and a 33 percent rise in child suicides.

The report submitted Tuesday to the Clark County Commission found the number of child suicides rose from nine in 2006 to 12 in 2007.

It found 66 children died accidentally in 2007, up from 53 in 2006. Another 43 children died of what the Clark County coroner ruled were natural causes.

The annual Child Death Review was prepared by the Nevada Institute for Childrens Research and Policy at UNLV.

It says nearly two-thirds of the children who died were under the age of 4.

The number of child homicides was 15, down from 20 in 2006. The causes of 17 deaths were classified as undetermined.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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