High child death toll in Colombia

Jan. 23, 2013 at 9:19 AM

BOGOTA, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The deaths of 105 children were recorded in Colombia during the first 21 days of 2013, the director of the country's national coroner's office said Wednesday.

Carlos Eduardo Valdes told Colombia Reports homicide was the primary cause of death followed by accident and suicide.

Of the 105 cases, Valdes said 36 were classified as homicides, 13 as suicides and 17 as the result of transit accidents.

The remaining deaths are still under investigation, he said.

Valdes said the numbers translate to five dead children per day during the first three weeks of January.

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