Review Finds Most Local Child Fatalities Preventable

A review panel has found many East Texas child fatalities could have been prevented. The Smith County Child Fatality Review Team held a public meeting Tuesday, after statistics showed Smith County high above the statewide rank for child deaths.

Their probe into the numbers found that a majority of recent fatalities could have been avoided. Jamie English, Review Board Chairman, reminded everyone "They are children, they're not just statistics."

The review team's findings show that of the fatalities reviewed over the last six months, fifty-two percent were preventable. Furthermore, a third of the deaths could have been prevented by the proper use of seat belts.