SC bill seeks to strengthen reporting on dead kids

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill intended to force all 46 coroners in South Carolina to report the suspicious deaths of children is advancing in the Senate.

Sen. Tom Young of Aiken says some children who die of abuse and neglect are being forgotten because coroners aren't complying with existing law. The elected officials are supposed to report unexplained or unexpected deaths of children within 24 hours to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Young's bill is intended to strengthen the law. It heads to the full Senate Judiciary Committee.

It is the first proposal stemming from a series of hearings on potential problems at the Department of Social Services.

The bill also specifies the agency can release information on its involvement with a child who is killed or seriously injured.

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