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Tennessee DCS investigated 186 child deaths last year; most children were known to the agency

Anita Wadhwani, Nashville Tennessean • May 6, 2019 at 8:17 AM

A 4-month old died from blunt force trauma, allegedly at the hands of his father.

An infant girl drowned in a bathtub. Her intoxicated mother was asleep in the tub beside her.

A 7-year-old boy died after a high-speed chase in a car driven by his father. The father, brandishing a gun, was pursuing a vehicle that had cut him off before the fatal crash.

They are among the 115 Tennessee children who died last year in families that had come to the attention of the Department of Children's Services. In some instances, DCS was actively investigating a family when a child died. In others, children died after DCS had concluded its involvement with the family and closed the case. Ten of the children were in DCS custody at the time of their deaths. More about the DCS investigation from our partners at The Tennessean.


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