Each year, hundreds of Mississippi children under the age of 18 die from a variety of causes. To better understand how and why so many Mississippians die so young, the Child Death Review Panel (CDRP) reviews individual child death cases and makes recommendations to eliminate preventable child deaths in Mississippi.
CDRP reports compiles findings for each case based on sources such as Mississippi vital records, toxicology reports, autopsies, and death scene investigations. The CDRP aspires to:
- Identify factors that put children at risk of injury or death
- Share information among agencies that serve children and families
- Improve local investigations of unexpected child deaths
- Identify and fill gaps in existing service systems
- Reveal trends in unexpected child injury and death
- Educate the public about child injury and death prevention strategies