The cause of many child deaths is often not immediately obvious from an external examination of the body and an initial investigation. In other child fatalities, it can be difficult to determine who had the exclusive opportunity to kill the child. This workshop will focus on investigative steps that should be taken in every child death case to preserve evidence, establish timelines, combat defenses, and work as a team to solve these cases. The presentation will also examine two child fatality cases that ultimately led to criminal charges to show why a complete investigation into the surrounding circumstances is necessary to uncover the truth. This workshop will only be recorded and available On-Demand from August 10, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
thoroughly investigate involving all members of MDT--preserve and collect evidence right away.
understand and utilize the importance of interviewing caregivers and establishing a timeline of events.
when permitted in the jurisdiction, record the defendant's statement with the prosecutor in addition to the detectives.
utilize examples of real cases in which thorough investigations and MDTs working together helped get justice for the deceased.