In 2000, infant homicide rates nearly equaled homicide rates among teens ages 15 to 19, having more than doubled since 1970. (Inter Alia).
Half the infant homicides occur by the fourth month of life and the risk of infant homicide is highest on the day of birth. Among the homicides on the first day of life, 95 percent of the victims were not born in a hospital. Homicide risk is greater during the first year of life than in any other year of childhood before age 17.
Nearly one infant homicide per day was reported in 2000 (349 total). Males are generally more likely than females to be killed during the first year of life. In 2000, the infant homicide rate was 10.3 per 100,000 children under age i for boys, compared with 7.8 for girls.
Non-Hispanic blacks are more at risk than other races to die of an intentional injury during their first year of life. In 2000, non-Hispanic blacks had an infant homicide rate of 25.6, while non-Hispanic whites had a rate of 6. Hispanics had an infant homicide rate of 7.3.
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|Author:||St. Gerard, Vanessa|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2003|
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