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Over the last three years I’ve reviewed all the case files of child deaths in L.A. county with open Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigations. Stories of dead babies arranged before me like empty bottles. There are accidents, babies falling in swimming pools, in cracks between the mattress and the wall. Careless things. Patience is not for people on fire in the world. People rushing to try to get fixes, or funds, or some distance between the ache and them.