PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Of the 783 Arizona children who died in 2016, nearly half could have been saved.

Negligence, drowning, murder: Arizona police believe each of these happened to a Valley child in the last week.

"Anytime a child dies in Arizona, that's an area of improvement for us,” stated Tomi St. Mars, MSN, chief of Injury Prevention at Arizona Department of Health Services.

A 2017 state report found, 42 percent of child deaths in Arizona are preventable.

According to the findings, most cases of child death are the result of simple inattention, such as in pools or cars.

Researchers said Arizona is one of only a few states that keep such statistics.

Local health workers are required to provide the state with the cases of any child who has died.

State teams then spend hours reviewing records, giving advice and coming up with recommendations for prevention like ad campaigns for toddler safety.

"It’’s the opportunity to work closely with families so that they can know what it's like to watch their child grow up and become successful,” St. Mars said.

Beyond the sheer horror of this subject, researchers said not all the news is bad.

Despite Arizona's population boom, researchers said the preventable death rate for children has remained the same, meaning people are taking precautions.


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These ridiculous numbers of child deaths in Arizona shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Arizona isn't exactly loaded with the brightest population. A place where people need a law against texting and driving to get them to not text while driving. It shouldn't take a law being passed for people to know and do what's right and safer. The law should be passed, for sure, but it's says a lot about Arizonans that they text and drive in the first place. Most people know not to do and they don't do it with or without a law in place. I don't text and drive, it doesn't take a law for me to know that we shouldn't text and drive. Child deaths in Arizona? smh. Wow, outrageous numbers. Speaks volumes about the population (the people) of Arizona.

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