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NECN INVESTIGATES: Children Who Died Of Abuse or Neglect in 2014

Child abuse deaths in Massachusetts dropped significantly in 2014, but child welfare advocates wonder if it is a trend or coincidence.

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8-year-old David Martinez died in 2014. According to DCF the Lowell boy's death was "related to malnutrition and lack of medical care." A criminal investigation is ongoing.
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12-year-old Isaiah Climons hanged himself in 2014. The Leominster boy was known to state social workers before his death.
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Lucas Braman was found unresponsive in his crib two weeks before his second birthday. His cause of death is undetermined by the state's medical examiner's office and a criminal investigation is ongoing.
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Here is Lucas Braman with his father Michael, mother Jennifer, and sister Layla.
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State social workers put Lucas Braman on a lower risk track of child protection. The state has now eliminated that system after several high-profile child deaths.
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