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In 2006, 1,129 children died in Missouri, and of those, 79 children died as a result of child abuse/neglect.  These statistics and many others are contained within the report, Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri (pdf), which provides a statistical breakdown of child injuries and deaths.  The document includes helpful recommendations for keeping children safe and reducing the chances for injuries and/or fatalites from occurring.  The report, issued by the State Technical Assistance Team (STAT) within the Missouri Department of Social Services, reflects the work of many dedicated professionals throughout the state who strive to improve and protect the lives of Missouri’s youngest citizens.  Printing for this document is paid in part by a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund.