REPORT: State examines child deaths in Mississippi

The State Health Department has issued a report this week saying nearly 40% of child deaths that occurred in 2015 were preventable.

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 10:25 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2018 10:43 PM

Mississippi (WTVA) - The State Department of Health has issued a report this week saying nearly 40% of child deaths that occurred in 2015 were preventable. 

This means that 220 of the 590 deaths of children could have been stopped. 

According to the report, 60% of those child deaths were infants under the age of one. 

Among the many causes, accidental suffocation stands out. 

In the 74 cases that were looked into by the state, suffocation was responsible for 30 deaths.

This number comes from parents falling a sleep with an infant in the bed or parents putting their infant to sleep where bedding or other objects interfered with the child's breathing.

Each year, the states Child Death Review Panel does a detailed examination of deaths to those under the age of 18. 

In this examination the panel found that motor vehicle accidents were racking up numbers as well. 

The state says accidents in children under 15 doubled from the previous year and were by far the leading cause of death in children older than one.

And in almost half of those cases, seat belts or proper restraints weren't used.

Master Sergeant Criss Turnipseed from the Mississippi Highway Patrol says it's very important that your car seat is used correctly.

He says positioning and placement of your car seat matters.

"There's an optimal place your child should be -- in the backseat, in the middle of the passenger compartment, that way your child has protection on both sides," Turnipseed said. 

Of course, it is not safe to put your child in the front seat because airbags are not designed for a small child. 

The report also says, more young girls than boys were killed in motor vehicle accidents which is a reverse from previous years.

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Reported Deaths: 693
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Madison69422
Scott63010
Neshoba58937
Jones56622
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Leake40012
Rankin3856
Holmes38524
Jackson30313
Copiah2904
Attala28415
Newton2564
Monroe25225
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Lincoln25024
Harrison2477
Lamar2315
Yazoo2274
Pearl River20631
Pike20311
Adams19015
Lowndes1899
Noxubee1736
Washington1667
Warren1597
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Wayne1540
Oktibbeha15411
Jasper1524
Smith14511
Covington1431
Clarke13818
Kemper13611
Chickasaw13012
Lafayette1274
Lee1245
Carroll11511
Coahoma1144
Marion1149
Clay1084
Winston1051
Lawrence1021
Simpson950
Hancock8711
Wilkinson859
Yalobusha855
Grenada853
Itawamba847
Montgomery811
Union805
Sunflower783
Jefferson Davis772
Marshall773
Tate741
Tippah7111
Claiborne692
Panola643
Calhoun634
Webster611
Humphreys587
Amite561
Tunica533
Walthall520
Perry503
Prentiss423
Jefferson400
Choctaw342
Stone300
Pontotoc293
Tishomingo280
Franklin282
Tallahatchie261
Quitman250
George211
Benton150
Alcorn141
Greene91
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

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Confirmed Cases: 16530

Reported Deaths: 591
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Mobile2124112
Jefferson1712100
Montgomery154134
Tuscaloosa67813
Marshall6689
Lee53332
Franklin5147
Shelby48419
Tallapoosa41864
Butler39213
Chambers34924
Madison3184
Elmore3137
Walker2991
Baldwin2819
Etowah24411
Dallas2443
DeKalb2413
Morgan2311
Coffee2241
Lowndes22210
Sumter2136
Autauga2053
Houston1884
Bullock1833
Pike1790
Colbert1612
Russell1590
Marengo1556
Lauderdale1532
Calhoun1523
Hale1517
Choctaw1488
Wilcox1347
Barbour1321
Clarke1292
Randolph1257
Marion11911
St. Clair1161
Pickens1014
Talladega1003
Dale990
Chilton971
Cullman960
Greene924
Limestone870
Winston820
Covington771
Jackson752
Crenshaw722
Bibb711
Henry712
Macon712
Washington666
Blount581
Escambia493
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Conecuh351
Coosa351
Monroe352
Perry350
Cherokee342
Clay272
Lamar210
Fayette130
Cleburne131
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