Laramie, Wy – A national report on child well-being
shows a significant increase in the number of child deaths in
The annual Kids Count report release this morning (Tuesday)
shows Wyoming with 37 deaths for every 100,000 children between the
ages of one and 14 years. Those numbers rely on 2003 data, and
that's a big increase from 27 deaths just three years earlier.
On that measure, ranks 49th out of 50 states.
Marilyn Patton of the Wyoming Department of Family Services says
the state's growing methamphetamine problem may be contributing to
the child death rate. She says more than half of abuse deaths in
recent years have been meth related.
The Kids Count report wasn't entirely bad news. Wyoming showed
improvements in infant mortality, teen births, child poverty and
high school dropouts.
Overall, Wyoming ranked 28th out of the 50 states.