caregivers who kill

@Ravenladyj (22937)
United States
February 21, 2007 9:43am CST
So the topic about Andrew Yates is what made me decide to start this thread since children being murdered by their caregivers happens far too damn often than many of us realize....and I think its important to talk about it especially in todays world where ppl are far less inclined to get involved unfortunately....maybe if some were more aware they would get involved next time they hear or see a child being horribly abused rather than turnign a blind eye... here are some stats first from 2004 ----------------------------------- "During 2004, an estimated 1,490 children died (compared to 1,460 children for 2003) from abuse or neglect—at a rate of 2.03 deaths per 100,000 children Based on data from 32 States, 81.0% of children who were killed were younger than 4 years of age, 11.5 percent were 4-7 years of age, 4.1 percent were 8-11 years of age, and 3.4 percent were 12-17 years of age... White children accounted for 43.2 percent of all child fatalities. African-American children accounted for 27.2 percent and Hispanic children accounted for 18.6 percent of fatalities. Children of American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, "other," and multiple race collectively accounted for 4.8 percent of fatalities... Three-quarters (78.9%) of child fatalities were caused by one or more parents. Almost one-third (31.3%) of fatalities were perpetrated by the mother acting alone.6 Nonparental perpetrators (e.g., other relative, foster parent, residential facility staff, "other," and legal guardian) were responsible for 10.6 percent of fatalities. When these nonparental perpetrators were further examined, it was found that 3.3 percent of fatalities were caused by male partners of a parent." ---------------------------------- This sickens me to no end....and more than that the sentencing alot of them get really sickens me... Do you think that, aside from ppl in the communities stepping up more and getting involved when they know abuse is goin on, the system could actually do more to protect our children? Do you feel that the system is harsh enough to those convicted of child murder? What do you think should be done to prevent this from happening when you know one person in a couple (or both for that matter) are violent or have obvious mental issues?
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