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CONTACT 13: More than 100 children in Nevada die yearly from preventable causes

Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 22:20:57-04

Aaron Jones' tragic death raises questions about our children's safety -- especially when they're on the state's radar as potentially at risk.

Contact 13 dug deeper into that Friday to find out just how many children in the child welfare system have lost their lives. 

More than 100 children die every year in Nevada from preventable causes, according to the state of Nevada.

The Division of Child and Family Services is required by law to collect and report incidents after a child dies, or nearly dies, when abuse or neglect is suspected or if there's a history of problems within the household.  

Here's what Contact 13 found from the data for 2017 so far. 

Not including Aaron Jones, eight children died in Nevada this year under circumstances that mandate disclosure. 

Seven were in Clark County. And the county's Department of Family Services was involved with five of them.

The youngest was a 13-day-old baby girl found not breathing and transported to a hospital. She died three days later. 

Child Protective Services investigated reports of neglect and abuse, plus, a case remained open at the time of her death for exposure to drugs.  

The oldest child was an 8-year-old boy who died at a home. Abuse or neglect was not suspected in his death, but officials had looked into nearly a dozen referrals for the child or his family.  

Of the eight children who died so far this year, five were girls. Three were boys.  One case is under review to determine if a 3-year-old boy died following a near drowning incident.