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Conducting Unexplained Child Death Investigations

Nov 14-17, 2017 | St. Louis, MO | Classroom


Learn how to utilize the evidence to support the proper conclusion in cases involving the death of a child. Gather best practices and tips for the investigation of unexplained child deaths. Discuss possible causes of death and the various investigative steps from first responders to evidence collection, witness and suspect interviews, and medical examination to support prosecution.

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The following would benefit from this training:
• Law Enforcement
• Prosecutors
• Social Workers
• Victim Service Providers

There is NO FEE to attend this training. * Tuition, student materials, and instructional costs are provided by the Missing and Exploited Children Training and Technical Assistance Program * The cost of lodging for non-federal attendees will also be covered * Lodging arrangements will be made by MEC Training and TA

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Elizabeth French
(877) 798-7682
frenche@fvtc.edu
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Conducting Unexplained Child Death Investigations

Nov 14-17, 2017 | St. Louis, MO



Day 1


Time
Session

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome and Overview of Course


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Unexplained Child Deaths: Statistics, Causes and Risk Factors
This module will focus on defining causes of child death, including natural, accidental and those from intentional harm. The responsibilities and interconnectivity of the various disciplines involved in the investigation of these cases will be highlighted.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Multi-Disciplinary Response to Child Deaths
This module will identify members and define a Multi-Disciplinary response to the death of a child. Information will be included to assist in the cooperation and communication across all disciplines.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Case Study
This module will provide students with a fact pattern and the students will be asked to describe investigative steps and identify investigative gaps.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Legal Issues and Considerations in Child Death Cases
This module will discuss key issues in reviewing child death cases; guidelines for determining whether charges are appropriate, and preparing and presenting a winning case in criminal prosecutions of child deaths. The topics addressed include ideas for successfully confronting common defenses and effectively preparing witnesses.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Pediatric Development and Medical Response to Pediatric Emergencies
This module will address physical and emotional pediatric development, potential cause and manner of death and classification, along with information regarding child deaths caused by child abuse. Investigative protocols involving pediatric medical emergencies and child deaths will be discussed and highlighted through case studies.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Pediatric Development and Medical Response to Pediatric Emergencies (continued)


2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Investigator Roles and Responsibilities in Cooperation with the Medical Examiner
This module will address the investigator’s roles and responsibilities involving the medical examiner/coroner’s office and the autopsy. The importance of communication and cooperation with the forensic pathologist to corroborate evidence and/or contradict witness statements will be discussed.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
This module will focus on key indicators that someone is suffering from vicarious trauma as a result of dealing with child victims. Resources that are available for employee wellness will be addressed.


Day 3


Time
Session

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Initial Response to Child Death and Protection of Death Scene
This module will identify and address potential response situations, importance of photographs and documentation, evidentiary contamination issues, protection of scene, and digital evidence opportunities. Case studies will be Included within this module.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Interview and Interrogation
This module will identify a variety of standard interview and interrogation procedures and tips toward corroboration of evidence in the interview process.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Investigation of Child Death
This module will focus on the basic information and response to the death of a child, scene documentation, identifying evidence, interviews, digital evidence, preservation letters, paperwork and coordination with other agencies. Case studies will be included within this module.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Digital Evidence



Day 4


Time
Session

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Investigation of Child Death - Continued


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Case Practical
This module will provide students with a fact pattern and the students will be asked to describe investigative steps and identify investigative gaps.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closing
Closing, evaluations, and certificates



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Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer
Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer This Web site is funded in part through grants from BJA, COPS, ​OJJDP, OJP, OVC, SMART, and U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).​