Child Fatalities


Child Death Review Teams

Preventing child abuse and child fatalities is a community effort. A child's death is a tragic event. Each year in Nevada, over 100 children die from preventable causes of death. According to the 2017 Statewide Child Death Report, the top four causes and manners of death (excluding natural and undetermined deaths) are as follows:

 

Manner 

Leading Causes with Manner  

 1) Non-motor vehicle accidents 

(e.g., asphyxia [suffocation], drowning) 

 Asphyxia (suffocation), drowning 

 2) Homicide

 Child abuse, gunshot wounds

 3) Motor vehicle accidents

 Blunt force trauma from motor vehicles

 4) Suicide

 Gunshot wounds, asphyxia, overdoes


Pursuant to NRS 432B.403-.4095, teams around the state review the deaths of children from ages 0-17. There are six regional CDR teams, determined by region; Clark County and Washoe County each have a team, and the Rural Region has four teams. These teams are comprised of representatives from various agencies, such as the coroner's office, law enforcement, school personnel, medical professionals, child protection services, the district attorney's office, and other agencies that can provide valuable input. This multidisciplinary approach brings subject matter experts to the table to analyze trends and make recommendations for prevention to the state them, the Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children. The region CDR teams do this by conducting comprehensive reviews of child death cases to better understand how and why children die in Nevada. The Executive Committee reviews the findings and recommendations to take action that can prevent other fatalities and to improve the well-being and safety of children and families through prevention campaigns and education.


For more information about the leading causes of child death in Nevada, please follow the links on the right side of this page for data, reports, public disclosures, and resources on child safety and prevention. Additionally, you can contact the Systems Advocate at systems.advocate@dcfs.nv.gov.

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    For more information about the leading causes of child death in Nevada, please follow the links on the right side of this page for data, reports, and resources on child safety.