"The number of young children who die at the hands of parents or other caregivers is under
reported by nearly 60%.
"Caregivers commit 85% of the homicides of children 10 and under, and strangers are the killers
only 3% of the time. "...abuse deaths result from a SERIES of events. [and often children who
are listed as homicides are regarded as victims of a single incident rather than as victims of abuse.]
[The study regarded single-incident deaths as abuse and that same criteria was then applied to
other records from medical examiners. When this was done, the number of deaths from battering
or abuse rose by 58.7%.] "Biological parents committed 64% of the killings.
[If these same criteria are applied on a national scale, national statistics would have shown 6,500
more child deaths due to abuse from 1985 through 1996.] "Researchers estimated that in 1996,
835 children died at the hands of caregivers nationwide.
[These statistics reinforce what some experts have been saying, that twice as many children are
dying from abuse than are being reported.]
"Herman-Giddens said death certificates [need] to be redesigned to accommodate information
related to abuse and that medical examiners and coroners [need] better training to recognize such