Reading through the state Department of Human Services’ public reports on the deaths of children in DHS-involved families is not for the faint of heart. In the past few years, at least a couple of kids were killed in car wrecks when a parent drove intoxicated. One apparently committed suicide, and some died of neglect. A shocking number, 14 of 18 investigations in 2018, died as a result of what the department calls unsafe sleep, generally infants sharing a bed, couch or chair with a sleeping parent.
If a bill approved by the 2019 Legislature works as it’s supposed to, that could change.