Child Death Investigations
This course offers a comprehensive view into the deaths of children that law enforcement encounters both as patrol officers and investigators. The first day of the course address mechanisms and manners of death. The perspective of the material is that of the pathologist, and how they come to the final determinations of cause and death based on an overall investigation into a death. The role of law enforcement 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 workers, and other related professionals to attend. There is a strong emphasis on interagency collaboration in this course so any disciplines directly involved in these types of cases are welcome.
- Accidental deaths – why asphyxiation is so difficult to rule, and investigative considerations in children
- The Alphabet Soup of Infant Death Investigations
- Youth Suicides on the rise – important considerations
- Homicides – all abusive mechanisms and implications of each
- Prosecutorial issues
- Scene considerations – why child death scenes may be different
- Getting Along in the Sandbox – dealing with other agencies
- Case Studies – as many as time will allow.
Instructor : Lisa Mayhew, MS
With both her bachelor and master degrees in Child Development, Lisa Mayhew D-ABMDI, has served as the Child Death Investigator/Trainer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner since 2000 conducting investigations of child deaths statewide, and providing assistance in investigations to local, state and federal agencies. In addition, Lisa operates the Child Death Investigation Training Program in conjunction with the North Carolina Justice Academy to agencies statewide involved in the investigation of child fatalities. She provides training to local and state law enforcement agencies across the US, and is the author of Child Death Investigations: Interdisciplinary Techniques from Cradle to Court available through Carolina Academic Press.