DCS Revises Child Death Rates Upward

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) has revised its child death statistics upward. Since January, it has reported that 73 children brought to its attention died in 2012, but it now says the correct number is 105. For 2011, the number of children who died has increased 47 to 91. Newly appointed DCS Deputy Director Scott Modell said those numbers are now accurate, and blamed previous problems on errors in the agency’s computer system, the fact that data was not kept in one central place, and a lack of agreement on how to define the deaths of certain children. The Tennessean has more.