Black Children Make Up More Than Half Of Missing Youth Cases In Ohio, Report Finds
Black children make up about 16% of Ohio's youth demographics, but 61% of the state's missing youth.
March 16, 2022 at 12:38 pm
Of the 803 missing children cases in Ohio, Black children account for the majority of missing youth, a new report from Dayton Daily News states. According to data provided by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Black youth under the age of 18 account for more than 61% of the total missing youth, despite Black youth only making up about 16% of the state’s youth population, according to census estimates. The state reports that Black children make up 17% of Ohio’s K-12 classes.
Of the children in Dayton, 54 kids were on the attorney general’s list, and more than 60% of those missing children were Black. Dayton’s population demographics by race show the city as being 56% white and 38% Black.
The attorney general’s office clarifies that the data, which comes from the National Crime Information Center, is not an overall list detailing all of Ohio’s missing.