Investigating infant and child deaths require a unique approach and can be complicated for even the most experienced of investigators. These scenes, more than any other type, are highly charged and emotional. If not investigated with a pre-determined set of standards; evidence can be missed or scenes can be misinterpreted.


Why  Take  This Course

This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute  (ACFEI) This course follows the United States National Guidelines for investigating infant and child death as set forth by the CDC and the NIJ.

Investigating infant and child deaths require a unique approach and can be complicated for even the most experienced of investigators. These scenes, more than any other type, are highly charged and emotional. If not investigated with a pre-determined set of standards; evidence can be missed or scenes can be misinterpreted.

This course is designed with the detective or patrol officer investigating death, and coroners or medicolegal death investigators in mind. This course will specifically discuss scene processing, last known re-enactments, witness and family statements, evidence collection and documentation, injury and wound interpretation, and investigative techniques as they relate to child and infant death. This course contains photography of real scenes and pathology evidence.

The training will thoroughly cover the numerous aspects of these investigative cases and promote critical thinking and evaluation of these crime scenes and all the unique pieces to help delineate homicides from accidental and natural deaths, even in the most subtle of cases.

This course follows the United States National Guidelines for investigating infant and child death as set forth by the CDC and the NIJ.

What this course contains

  • Over 3.5 hours of video training
    • Why this training is important
    • When a child dies
    • Initial scene arrival
    • Understanding developmental milestones
    • External body exam and wound documentation
    • Getting information from witnesses
    • Conducting doll re-enactments
    • Locating and collecting evidence
    • Differing causes of death
  • eLearning Modules
  • Additional Reading
  • Downloadable forms and charts
  • Ebooks relating to infant death investigation
  • Certificate of completion

Who Should Attend This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers
  • Law Enforcement  Patrol Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners

Course Objectives

After completing this course the participant will be better equipped to: 

  • Recognize the unique obstacles in investigating child death
  • Understand how to work within the highly emotional stages of these investigations
  • Locate and document evidence specific to infant and child death
  • Communicate with family and witnesses for obtaining statements
  • Guide the last know witness in a scene re-creation
  • Properly document the scene
  • Understand medical findings and how they relate to abuse and homicide cases

Instructor

a1_meDarren Dake

The primary instructor for this course is Darren Dake. Darren is an ABMDI accredited medicolegal death investigator and an ACFEI certified criminal investigator working  with the Crawford County Missouri Coroner’s Office, an author, conference speaker, trainer, and podcast-media producer. Darren is a certified teaching instructor and criminal investigator with over 30 years experience in the field of law enforcement and death investigations. He holds certification as an  instructor for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, and the Law Enforcement Training Institute – (Missouri University Columbia). Darren is also the lead instructor and facilitator for the Death Investigation Training Academy™, and hosts its online podcast-media program for death investigators.


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