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Rising rates of violent deaths in children

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2023 | Criminal Defense

In Texas and other states, the rates of violent crimes have spiked in the past decade and appear to be increasing. A study has shown that murder has become a leading cause of death in children in the U.S. The rates appear to be increasing while the debate over gun control continues all over the country.

Trends in child homicide

Homicide has become a new major cause of death for children in the U.S. The rate has increased by 4.3% each year since 2012. A spike of approximately 28% was seen in this trend from 2019 to 2020.

The use of firearms remains the leading cause of death followed by motor vehicle accidents, cancer and other health-related conditions. However, violent crime remains the only cause of death that has steadily increased over the years.

Solving a case

There are common types of evidence that are used in homicide cases. The use of DNA evidence is the most accurate form of evidence; however, it is the least used form in many cases. Detectives rely heavily on audio or videotape evidence along with eyewitness testimonies. They collect real evidence at the scene of the crime, but most tangible materials are fragile and have short lifespans.

Murder has become a leading cause of death in children that is slightly increasing each year. In the U.S., the rates have varied from 4.3% to 27.7% throughout the decade. Some experts claim that health crises and nationwide economic problems have contributed to the increase. Other major causes of death have remained high but failed to increase over the years. Violence by firearms is one of the main reasons for the rising rates.