Resource 28: Sample Media Release (A)
    (Used with permission from the Hampton Roads, Virginia Child Fatality Review Team)


George Stinnett, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (757) 668-7424
Betty Wade Coyle, Hampton Roads Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
(757) 625-3182/440-2749

Hampton Roads Child Fatality Review Team to Release Local Child Fatality

The Hampton Roads Child Fatality Review Team will release information and
statistics on child fatalities in the region at a press conference scheduled for
Friday, April 28, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
(CHKD). Members of the press are invited to attend. The Hampton Roads Child
Fatality Review Team is an organization of child service and health professionals
who meet monthly to review and discuss child fatalities that are referred to the
local Child Protective Service (CPS) agencies for investigation as occurring from
possible abuse or neglect. As a result of these reviews, the Regional Child
Fatality Review Team has been keeping statistics for the past four years and has
complied data to educate the public in the trends in child fatalities and how these
fatalities can be prevented.

The Virginia Department of Social Services statistics for 1998 indicate that 20 of
the state’s 36 fatalities, or 56%, caused by abuse or neglect attributed to a
caretaker occurred in Hampton Roads. Moreover, the region’s fatalities doubled
from a total of 10 in 1997 to a total of 20 in 1998. (Please note: all statistics have
been compiled by fiscal years, which are calculated from July 1st of one year to
June 30th of the next.) The state has not yet released the 1999 statistics. The
1999 regional total for fatalities due to abuse or neglect fell from 20 to 11. Even
though the numbers have decreased, the circumstances of these fatalities raise a
number of concerns for the community.

Speakers at the press conference will include Dr. Leah Bush, Chief Medical
Examiner for the Tidewater Region; a spokesman for the CHKD Children’s
Advocacy Center, and Betty Wade Coyle, Executive Director of the Hampton
Roads Committee to Prevent Child Abuse who authored the regional report.
Other members of the team representing the Children’s Hospital of The King’s
Daughters, local police departments, Commonwealth Attorney’s offices, and
social service agencies will be present to answer questions after the

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