(KMOV) – A recent report revealed the state of Illinois has seen a surge in child deaths over a 30 year period.
The recent death of Willow Long of Watson, Ill is the newest on a long list for the state.
A report from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services tallies the numbers through June 2013 as 224 deaths.
Southern Illinois has the state’s highest child homicide rate, nearly double the state average.
A reason why too complicated to answer but a correlation between the killings and what seems to lead up to them has been made.
News 4 learned the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had no previous involvement with Willow Long’s family prior to her tragic death on Sunday.
News 4 Sharon Reed sat down with Dave Clarkin with the Illinois DCFS on signs of prevention and signs of hope for the state.
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