Originally Posted by KChiefer
Yes, they are extremely small.
I'm sorry this spike is ruining your hobby.
Lets see if we can put that number into some perspective:
US Infant Homicide Rates Doubled from 1970-2000
Reuters Health via Yahoo ^ | 12-10-02 | Keith Mulvihill
Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 1:01:30 PM by Pharmboy
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The rate of infant homicides in the US has more than doubled over the last 30 years, according to a new report by Child Trends, a not-for-profit research organization in Washington, DC.
Between 1970 and 2000, the official infant homicide rate in the US increased from 4.3 to 9.1 murders per 100,000 children under age one, according to the report.
"Almost one infant homicide per day was reported in the year 2000 (349 total)
," the report states.
"Although tragic, the numbers of children who die each year from infant homicide do not indicate that a huge social epidemic is taking place.
Nonetheless, the data offer important information that may be useful in trying to reduce the numbers of infants who are victims of homicide each year," said Brett Brown, director of social research for the organization and a project director of Child Trends DataBank.
Brown explained that, most likely, two factors play a role in the increase in the number of infant homicides. For one, more babies are being born to unwed teens, who are known to be at highest risk for infant homicide, Brown told Reuters Health in an interview.
Secondly, the reporting of infant homicides has become more accurate over the last 30 years, Brown pointed out.
On the whole, teens have less social support to help with parenting, and many teen parents are likely to be poor. They don't know much about parenting, and they may be very stressed, Brown said.
Teen mothers are most at risk for infant homicide during the first week of the baby's life, according to Brown. Thereafter, until the child reaches one year of age, men--such as the baby's father or a mother's boyfriend--are more likely to kill a child.
With regard to race, the data indicate that non-Hispanic blacks are "substantially 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 per 100,000, while non-Hispanic whites had a rate of 6 per 100,000, and Hispanics had a rate of 7.3 per 100,000.
Brown said that more African-American unwed teens have babies compared to other ethnic groups and that in rural areas, where more whites live, infant homicides are likely to be under reported.
"The findings should offer more insight to policymakers about who best to reach out to reduce the number of infants that are murdered," said Brown.
When is the POTUS going to create an executive order that deals with infant homicide?