Arizona child maltreatment deaths rose in 2013

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- A new report has found that the number of Arizona children who die from maltreatment rose in the last year and hundreds of deaths could have been prevented.
 
The Arizona Department of Health Services on Friday released its annual report on childhood fatalities statewide.
 
According to the data, 92 children died in 2013 from maltreatment which includes blunt force trauma, suffocation and vehicle crashes. That is up from 70 in 2012.
 
However, mortality rates have dropped in other categories such as deaths due to drowning and firearms.
 
Overall, 811 children under the age of 18 died last year. That is a 5 percent drop from 2012, in which 854 children died.
 
The report makes several recommendations such as increasing state funding for childcare assistance programs for low-income families.