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Four kids die of abuse per month: report

STRESS OF LIFE Of parents taking their child's life, dire economic straits were often a key factor, accounting for 70 percent of such cases, followed by health problems

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Four children die every month from either abuse or parent-assisted suicide, officials from the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF) said in a report released yesterday.

The officials called for the public to be alert to their surrounding neighborhood and even even inquire into others' affairs to prevent innocent children from being sacrificed. Parents set on killing themselves frequently force their children to do the same.

The officials said that cases involving burning charcoal accounted for the bulk of these deaths -- 76 percent -- and that the remainder chose more drastic methods, such as self-immolation.

The perpetrators of these crimes were usually the fathers of children, according to the CWLF report.

Among the cases of abuse, the victims were often beaten to death, accounting for around 50 percent -- either by using their bare hands, banging the victim's head against a wall or striking them with handtools.

Of parents taking their child's life, dire economic straits were often a key factor, accounting for 70 percent of such cases, followed by health problems -- 15 percent -- and marital problems.

The report also noted that alcoholism and drug abuse were contributing factors in some cases. When parents are addicted to drugs or alcohol, they may easily lose self-control over their own behavior, the report said.

The perpetrators child abuse were often those who had been married more than once, statistics in the report showed.

The officials also said that the number of parents taking their child's life as they commit suicide accounted for 37 percent of abuse-related child deaths this year.

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