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Religious beliefs cause 5 baby deaths

The Idaho Child Fatality Review Team has published its third annual report, this one reviewing child deaths in 2013, and it found five more Idaho children died because their parents’ religious beliefs prevented them from seeking medical treatment. That brings the total over three years of reviews to 10 Idaho children. However, the report notes that because Idaho Vital Statistics doesn't compile the number of such deaths, the full number is difficult to estimate. The report drew on death certificates and coroner's reports. All five who died in 2013 were newborn infants, the team reported; its full report is online here. Causes of death included meconium aspiration, intestinal blockages, and sepsis/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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