A new report by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting finds that the risk of sudden unexplained infant death doubles in households monitored by state social workers.
The report, to be published in Sunday’s Boston Globe, reads:
State data points to a disproportionate number of deaths among agency-supervised children. Of the 72 Massachusetts infants who died of SUID in 2010 and 2011, at least 20 — nearly 30 percent — had recently been under state social service care, according to the latest available data provided by the state Department of Public Health and the Office of the Child Advocate.
But DCF-supervised infants constitute less than 10 percent of the total Massachusetts population of children under the age of 1, suggesting that children in these homes are at double the risk of sudden and unexpected infant death.
The report adds that these state-level numbers match new evidence at the national level suggesting that children with histories of abuse and neglect are more likely to die of SIDS or other sleep-related deaths.
Read the full report here.