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UMC: Child abuse-related deaths more than doubled in 2017

UMC says there is a shocking increased in child abuse deaths in the area. (KSNV)

UMC addressed the public on Friday, saying there has been a shocking rise in child abuse deaths.

The hospital says that in the first 11 months of 2017, child abuse-related deaths more than doubled among patients at the hospital when compared to all of 2016. They say drug abuse is a leading contributor to the rise in deaths.

"If they see a provider who's impaired that they should raise concerns. They can call Child Protective Services," said Dr. Jay Fisher with UMC. "And they can ask others if they can help raise their children."

Fisher, Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department, also discussed the hospital’s most recent child abuse figures and focused on providing information to help community members identify and prevent child abuse and neglect.

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report that showed more than a third of kids in foster care are there because their caretakers abused drugs.

To view the Child Abuse Prevention Handbook with resources and information, visit the UMC Children's Hospital of Nevada website.

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