Director, Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children University of Minnesota
On February 9, 2018, a child abuse pediatrician contacted the City of Madison Police Department to report concerns about abuse to two children in a local newborn intensive care unit. This case study will describe what followed. In an investigation that lasted for several months, police and prosecutors worked with medical professionals to screen potential cases of concern that resulted in 40 in-patient examinations of children. Through subpoenas and medical releases, the investigators reviewed thousands of pages of medical records and documents. Working with a child abuse pediatrician, charges were filed against the nurse in cases involving nine infants. The nurse pled guilty before trial. This presentation will transparently identify how police and prosecutors approached investigative issues and prepared for a case in which they anticipated extensive medical defenses and potential claims of a third-party perpetrator. This workshop will be streamed live as scheduled and also be recorded and available On-Demand from August 11, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
Recognize when trivial-appearing injuries in infants may represent injuries associated with serious physical abuse.
Work with parents and medical fact witnesses and experts to investigate cases of infant abuse.
Prepare to meet defenses in infant abuse cases and to prosecute cases involving serial child abuse.