Gentle homicides encompass smothering, strangulation and drowning and are the second most common type of child murder and the most difficult for investigators to discover. In most cases there is no evidence of any type of trauma and there are no tests at autopsy that can help determine this manner of death. Many cases are ultimately classified incorrectly as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when in fact it was murder. These cases are most likely discovered through admission from caregivers or witness accounts. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of investigating gentle homicides in children. The instruction will cover in detail suffocation, strangulation, and drowning homicides and will provide the investigator with the knowledge they will need to successfully conduct this type of homicide investigation. This workshop will only be recorded and available On-Demand from August 10, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
The students will learn how you can discover the death was not accidental through admission from caregivers and witness accounts.
The students will be able to identify different techniques on how to identify different types of injuries to better assist in the investigation and strengthen their case.
The students will identify the different types of child fatalities. They will be able to define each type of child fatality and be able to identify how to know the difference between each fatality type.