New York City’s Black Children Die from Injuries at Three Times the Rate of Other Kids

According to a recently released Health Department report, Black children in the New York City area die from injuries at triple the rate of most city kids.

The report, which was released on Friday, states that more than 6.5 of every 100,000 black children under the age of 12 suffer fatal injuries compared to a rate of 2.1 for Hispanics, 2.2 for whites and 2.3 for Asians.

The study examined data from 2010 to 2014 and also found that boys and children living in the poorest neighborhoods die from injuries at higher rates than other kids.

On average, 39 city children suffer fatal injuries — as a result of homicides, suicides and other incidents — each year.

About half were unintentional from causes such as fires and traffic crashes. Homicides were the second most common cause, the report says.

Of the 61 homicides among children, 29 (48%) were among kids between the ages of 1 and 2.

The report found that suicides amounted to 27% of fatal injuries suffered by children ages 9 to 12.


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