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Hawaii attorney general: 3 children died of abuse

September 27, 2011

HONOLULU (AP) — The state is revising its count of how many children have died in Hawaii's Child Welfare Services system.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/o8Tclv) reported Tuesday the state attorney general's office now says three children died of abuse in the system in the past decade. Legislators were told last week that number was one.

The attorney general's office says 29 children have died under state protective care since 2000, mostly from medical conditions.

Questions about child fatalities surfaced after the death of 9-month-old Jayvid Waa-Ili last month while in state custody. A cause of death has not yet been released.

Advocates and lawmakers tell the newspaper they are frustrated by a lack of information on child fatalities in state custody.

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