Presents 40 case examples throughout the text to illustrate the techniques at work
Includes 44 pictures of scenes, unsafe environments, and doll re-enactments
Provides suggestions and techniques for interviewing, conducting doll re-enactments, and employing the “double-team” approach
Compares Investigative and Retrospective Child Death Reviews with sample transcripts
It stands to reason that the most difficult cases to investigate are those in which the individual’s death was sudden, unexpected, and unexplained. Very few deaths occur where the deceased has no significant medical history, no trauma, no significant autopsy findings, and very little social history in which to investigate. Infant deaths almost always fit this category, making them consistently the most complicated and challenging deaths to investigate.
Investigating Infant Deaths draws on the expertise of a forensic nurse and member of the CDC core team for the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form to provide medicolegal death investigators and law enforcement personnel with investigative techniques applicable to sudden unexpected infant deaths. Beginning with a general state-of-the-field, the author defines the role of the investigator and explains the benefits of “double-teaming” an investigation. The book emphasizes the importance of timing and gives crucial tips for examining the incident scene and performing an initial post-mortem external exam. Specific instruction regarding the “art” of interviewing the grieving parents and how to follow up with families gives investigators an important edge when autopsy findings are slim. Additional chapters cover how to use a doll re-enactment and how to review medical records, social service records, and criminal histories. It also illustrates how to set up task forces including State Child Fatality Teams and an Investigative Child Death Review at the local level. Case studies are used throughout the book to give investigators real-life examples of the techniques at work.
Presenting a workable approach that may facilitate a re-evaluation of current protocols, Investigating Infant Deaths provides the tools for continued improvement that will ensure all infant deaths are investigated thoroughly and thereby help prevent future premature infant deaths from occurring.
Table of Contents
Investigating Infant Deaths: Why Is It Important?
Why Are They Difficult to Investigate?
What Is Being Done about It?
Goal and Text Organization
Maternal and Infant Health: What Investigators Should Know
Infant Growth and Development
The Investigation Begins: Timing Is Everything
A Common Beginning
Think outside the Box
Following Death Notification
First Responders: Their Observations Are Important
9-1-1 Emergency Calls
Initial Postmortem External Assessment
Performing the External Assessment
Assessing the Infant’s General Appearance
Transporting the Body
Infant Death Scene Investigation: It Tells a Story
Death Scene Investigation: When Does It Begin?
Macro vs. Micro: What Is the Difference?
Documenting the Macroenvironment
Documenting the Microenvironment
Evidence or Chain of Custody
The Art of Interviewing
Types of Interviews
Doll Reenactment with Scene Walk-Through
Benefits of Doll Reenactments
Preplanning: Doll Reenactment and Scene Walk-Through
Preplanning the Doll Reenactment: What to Consider
Explain Procedure to Law Enforcement
Explain Procedure to Witnesses
Initiating the Scene Walk-Through and Doll Reenactment
The Forensic Autopsy: The Investigator’s Role
Why Should MDIs Be Informed?
The Infant Forensic Autopsy: Before, During, and After
Records Review: Let the Records Speak
Infant’s Medical Record Review
State Health and Home Health Agencies
Family Medical Records Review
Social Service Records Review
Criminal Records Review
Previous Infant Deaths
Child Death Review: It Brings It All Together
Types of CDRs
Family or Caregiver Follow-Up and Referral
Where Do We Go from Here?
Death Investigation Guidelines
Agency Policies and Protocols
Death Certificate Completion
Proactive Prevention Initiatives
Publication Date: 5/7/2007
Number of Pages: 256