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Riverside County DEC Preliminary Observations 1999 - 2002

These Riverside County Drug Endangered Children statistics were collected from the first group of closed case files. These numbers do not include any ongoing cases or non lab DEC cases. The following are our preliminary findings from the time period 10/1999 to 07/2002.

 
  • 37 reported clandestine methamphetamine labs seized with children that became DEC cases.
  • 78 children were reported present at these labs.
  • 37 children are male and 41 are female.
  • Average age of a DEC child is 7.6 years old.

     
    Ages of
    Children:
     
    Number of
    Children:
     
    Percentages
    %
     Under one year old 
    3
     
    4%
     Age 1 to 5 
    28
     
    36%
     Age 6 to 12 
    34
     
    43%
     Over 13 to 17 
    13
     
    17%

  • 27 children suffered from child neglect.
  • 5 children were reported victims of child sexual abuse.
  • 8 children were victims of serious physical abuse.
  • 23% (18) children were born addicted to methamphetamine.
  • 95% (74) children had no provision at home during lab seizure.
  • 1/3 of the children were recorded were underweight.
  • 6 children reported continuous dry cough that could be chemically related.
  • 18 children had abnormal blood test results.
  • Of the 16 children who took the Denver test 25% (4) tested below normal for their age.
  • 74 of the 78 children were not immunized for preventable illness.

Source: INCH DEC database 2/18/04

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