Violent children's deaths at 10-year high
15 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of children who died a violent death was extremely high in 2006, the second year in succession, an analysis has revealed.
15 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — The number of children who died a violent death was extremely high in 2006, the second year in succession, an analysis has revealed.
Up until now, at least 16 and possibly 18 children under the age of 16 died from a violent death this year.
If 18 deaths are recorded — it is not yet certain if two deaths were caused by violent crime — it will be the highest number of child deaths in 10 years.
In 1997, there were 17 children deaths and 16 in 2005, an inventory from news agency ANP revealed on Wednesday.
Two children died this year in suspicious circumstances, but police could not determine whether they died from violence.
The public prosecution has so far been unable to press charges of murder or manslaughter over the deaths in Vlaardingen and Veldhoven.
Police also found at the start of this year the bodies of four babies in a residence in Beverwijk.
The mother killed the four babies between 2001 and 2005. Their bodies were found in 2006, but their deaths are not included in the 2006 figures.
Among the child deaths are the deaths of the 'Maas Girl' (12 years old); Jesse Dingemans, 8, of Hoogerheide; Melanie Sijbers, 15, of Geldrop and the newborn baby found dead at the rubbish processing plant AVR in Utrecht.
Figures from the statistics bureau CBS indicate that most of the children were killed with a sharp object.
A heavy blow from on object can also be found in the statistics, the same as smoke, fire and physical strength.
There is no clear reason why the number of children's deaths has been so high in the past two years.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news