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June 13, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Deaths of mothers giving birth in developing countries have dropped by nearly half since 1990, while deaths of children under 5 have fallen from 12 million to 7.6 million, according to a new report released Wednesday by the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF). A few countries have made "spectacular progress" toward lowering death rates, but some others have made virtually no progress at all, according to the report, Building a Future for Women and Children, which was published under the auspices of the Countdown to 2015 Initiative.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
More children have died in each of the last two years from abuse or neglect after being under the eye of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services despite assurances by county officials that the problem was getting better, according to confidential county documents reviewed by The Times. The number of deaths from abuse and neglect rose from 18 in 2008 to 26 in 2009, and 2010 so far is on track to be even worse, with 21 maltreatment fatalities in the first eight months of the year, according to the figures.
OPINION
June 2, 2013
Re "County missed signs of boy's abuse," May 31 As a resident of Los Angeles County, I am appalled and sickened and most of all saddened by the death of 8-year old Gabriel Fernandez from horrific injuries allegedly inflicted by his mother's boyfriend - even after social workers had investigated the couple for child abuse. What is wrong with the county Department of Children and Family Services? How many more child deaths and injuries have to occur because its social workers are undertrained and overworked?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1999
Re "U.S. Nearing Key Juncture in Iraq Policy," Aug. 29: If the UNICEF report states that child mortality rates have doubled in Iraq since sanctions were first imposed and that Baghdad and the sanctions should share the blame, please inform the readers that the death rate for children under 5 years of age is approximately 5,000 every month. To leave this statistic out is unconscionable. When are you going to report the killing of a nation? R.J. PISAPIA Westlake Village
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1987
The parents of an 18-month-old boy who was beaten to death last summer shortly after he was taken from them and placed in a Pomona foster home filed a $1-million lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Friday, charging officials with failing to properly monitor the facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
Here are some of the previous child death cases in the Antelope Valley: Feb. 21, 1992--Palmdale resident Ricky Lee Earp, 30, who authorities said was a drug user, is sentenced to die for the rape and murder of his 17-month-old goddaughter. She died in the hospital two days after being left alone with Earp on Aug. 25, 1988. Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Filling a job that has been vacant for three years, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday narrowly approved the hiring of an attorney to investigate the cases of children who die while in the county's care. To take the post, Rosemarie Belda will leave the Office of County Counsel, where she has represented the Department of Children and Family Services, the agency that will now be a central target of her reports. In addition to investigating child deaths, she has been asked to recommend reforms that might prevent future fatalities.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Alarmed by the slayings of 12 children so far this year, Detroit officials announced a plan Tuesday to raze thousands of abandoned homes and put more police on the streets. At least two of the children slain this year had been caught in the cross-fire of drug-related shootings, and drug dealers routinely operate out of some of Detroit's 10,000 or so abandoned homes. Police Chief Jerry Oliver said the department will also reorganize itself to put more officers on the street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1993 | DAVID E. BRADY and CHIP JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was nothing different about the trip Nury Estela Cooperman and her children took to Las Vegas last week except that it was their last. And no one--not her husband, parents or in-laws--can really say why the former Canoga Park resident wheeled the family's 1989 red Toyota sedan off Interstate 15 outside Barstow, climbed into the back seat, shot her two baby girls in the chest with a .380-caliber pistol and killed herself. It was her 30th birthday.
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