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Toledo has most child homicides since 1995

TOLEDO, Ohio – Child advocates in Toledo say the number of children killed last year shows that more needs to be done to protect young people.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/TG5P23 ) reported that 10 children in the Toledo area were victims of homicide in 2012 – the most since 1995.

All but one died in domestic-related incidents. The other died when someone shot into an apartment, killing a 1-year-old who was sleeping.

Three children died of carbon monoxide poisoning in November in what police said was a murder-suicide carried out by their grandmother and uncle.

Lucas County Children Services Director Dean Sparks said the community needs to figure out how to prevent deaths of children.

He said they need to find out how to support parents, neighborhoods and communities because it all wraps together.

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