DCS Reports 245 Deaths for 2013

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(Memphis) The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has released a summary of statistics, as well as case files for children who died on its watch in 2013.

The records released online this week are part of a new reporting method DCS has established.

According to DCS, 245 children died in 2013. Of those children, 232 were non-custodial, while 13 were in custody.  No children in DCS custody in 2013 died as a result of abuse or neglect.

In more than 50% of the non-custodial cases, DCS had prior contact with the family.  Also, in more than 90% of those cases, there was alleged neglect.  More than half of those allegations were unsubstantiated.

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