Panel Rules Certain Childhood Deaths Preventable

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Jackson, Mississippi A state panel says more than one-fifth of all childhood deaths in Mississippi could have been prevented.

The Child Death Review Panel looked at 229 of the 610 child deaths reported statewide in 2011. It found that 134 of those deaths -- about 22 percent -- were preventable.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that 95 of the children whose deaths were reported in 2011 were less than a year old. The panel reports that 58 of those babies -- 61 percent -- were found in an unsafe sleep environment.

According to the nonprofit Coalition Against Unsafe Sleep Environments, babies should sleep alone, in a crib, on their backs, without pillows, stuffed animals or lots of blankets.

Seventy-five of the deaths were the result of motor vehicle accidents.