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Girl Dies From Abuse After AI System Suggested Protective Custody Was Unnecessary

A 4-year-old Japanese girl died in her mother’s care after the local government decided not to place her in temporary protective custody—a decision influenced in part by an artificial intelligence evaluation program, according to officials in the prefecture of Mie.
Mie police arrested the girl’s 42-year-old mother in June for allegedly inflicting injuries that resulted in the death of her daughter, according to the Japanese media outlet Jiji. 
Introduced in 2020, the AI program uses historic data from around 13,000 previous child-welfare cases, and calculates what percentage of these saw a child taken into temporary custody.
Officials believed that the program could help to alleviate the pressure on child consultation centers, which function as the country’s equivalent of child protective services….

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