Child Death Investigation: From Death Scene to Court
Length of Seminar: 2 Days
Instructor: Lisa Mayhew
Determining the cause and manner of a child’s death requires an approach that differs from other types of homicides. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms of death typically found with child deaths, as well as specific information and strategies for properly investigating the cases. The slightest misstep can derail a case and take it from homicide to undetermined, and not everyone is cut out to handle these cases.
The course gives participants a new perspective on exactly what these cases require to reach final determinations of cause and manner of death. Participants will learn practical exercises for reconstructions of infant deaths, participate in scenarios, and delve in-depth into cases for discussion. (You’re encouraged to bring your own cases to class.) Strategies to prevent mistakes will be outlined.
Participants will be able to:
• Recognize the variety of mechanisms common to child deaths
• Interpret wounds, injuries and pathological findings
• Identify death scene details that are critical in determining cause and manner
• Understand the importance of interdisciplinary investigations
• Deal with and obtain information from grieving families
• Conduct a proper reconstruction for an infant death investigation