This course offers a comprehensive view into the deaths of children that law enforcement encounters both as patrol officers and investigators. The first day addresses all manners and mechanisms of death. The perspective of the materials is that of the pathologist, and how they come to the final determinations of cause and manner based on the overall investigation into a death. The role of law enforcement and other outside agencies is critical in that determination. Participants will learn how crucial the local investigation into circumstances and confirmation of particular details, in conjunction with the autopsy, is to that final determination.
The second day covers many of the logistical aspects of death investigation, to include court issues, scene considerations, case studies, and working with outside agencies. We welcome detectives, patrol, prosecutors, medical examiners/coroners, child protection professionals, and other related disciplines to attend. There is a strong emphasis on interagency collaboration in this course so any disciplines directly involved in these types of cases are encouraged to attend.