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Child Death and Homicide Investigation

Thursday, June 23, 20168:00 amFriday, June 24, 20164:00 pm
Child Advocacy Center - 5025 Garland Street, Lincoln Nebraska

Target Audience
Law enforcement investigators and prosecuting attorneys involved in criminal investigations involving children.

Cost and Registration
There is no cost to attend: however, registration is required. Due to space limitations, only those registered will be able to attend. To register, select "register now" at the bottom of this page.

Course Overview and Objectives
This two day course is a comprehensive overview of the unique approach utilized in the investigation of injury and deaths involving children. Topics to be covered in depth include natural disease, accidental injuries, and child physical abuse.

The investigator will learn the common presentations and scene findings in cases in sudden natural deaths including infectious diseases and inherited conditions. Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy will be covered in depth, with emphasis on important interview questions, scene investigations, and autopsy findings. The investigator will learn to differentiate common accidental patterns of injury from injuries inflicted by caregivers. The investigator will be introduced to common patterns of accidental and inflicted injuries unique to the pediatric age group including head injuries, abdominal injuries, and skeletal injuries. Other topics to be covered in depth include neonaticide (the killing of a newborn infant) – in this segment, unique perpetrator characteristics and investigative procedures will be emphasized. Findings in cases of stranger-abduction homicide will be presented. Factitious illness, also known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy will be explained and illustrated. Common natural diseases and conditions that may be mistaken for abuse will be illustrated. Common scene findings, victim age ranges and characteristics, and perpetrator characteristics and behaviors for the various age ranges and causes of death will be highlighted and compared. The information will be taught through visual presentation of cases, including scene findings, and autopsy findings. This course is taught from medical examiner case material, and as such, is very graphic.

At the conclusion of the course, the investigator will:
· Know common causes of death in infants, toddlers, and older children
· Be able to differentiate common accidental injury patterns from inflicted injury patterns
· Recognize natural conditions that may be mistaken for abuse
· Be familiar with common victim and perpetrator characteristics in the most common causes of death from inflicted injury
· Recognize “recurring themes” and findings in neonaticide and factitious illness
· Identify scene investigative techniques unique to the pediatric age range
· Be familiar with victim and perpetrator characteristics in the most common causes of death in each unique age group
· Understand the complexity and specificity that pediatric death investigation requires

Day One

8:00 – 8:30 - Registration
8:30 – 9:30 - Introduction & Terminology
9:30 – 11:30 - SIDS/SUID/SUDI and natural death
11:30 – 1:00 - Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 – 2:00 - SUID scene investigation
2:00 – 3:00 - Cutaneous findings in accidental and inflicted injuries
(including burns)
3:00 – 5:00 - Head injuries – History, scenes, and physical findings

Day Two

8:00 – 9:00 - Abdominal and chest injuries
9:00 – 10:00 - Skeletal abnormalities including fractures
10:00 – 11:30 - Factitious illness
11:30 – 1:00 - Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 – 2:00 - Neonaticide
2:00 – 3:00 - Stranger abduction, homicides and case studies
3:00 – 4:00 - Imposters of Abuse
4:00 - 4:15 - Certificate Presentation

Continuing Education
This course qualifies for 13.5 CLE's and the Crimes Against Children requirement.

Tracey S. Corey, M.D.
Dr. Tracey Corey is the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Kentucky. Dr. Corey is a Clinical Professor of Pathology and the Division Director of Forensic Pathology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Corey is a Consultant to the FBI, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes in the areas of Forensic Pathology & Pediatric Forensic Pathology since 1998. Dr. Corey is a member of College of American Pathologist, International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and National Association of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Corey lectures throughout the United States, including the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia and has many articles published in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Books. She has appeared as an expert in forensic pathology on national news shows including CBS 48 Hours and Good Morning America. She has been featured on Dateline NBC and the MSNBC series, "Dead Men Talking."