DCS says over 40% more children died than it said earlier

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Department of Children's Service now says more children it had contact with died in both 2012 and 2011 than the agency earlier reported.

DCS officials said in January that 73 children who were brought to the department's attention died in 2012. The agency has corrected the figure to 105 children.

Likewise, DCS said earlier that 47 children it had contact with died in 2011, but revised that figure to 91 children.

State Sen. Jim Summerville -- a Dickson Republican -- told The Tennessean counting children shouldn't be that hard, but he hopes the latest numbers are reliable.

Newly appointed DCS Deputy Director Scott Modell said the data have been cross-checked and are now accurate.

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