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The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse Cases: From Offense to Prosecution

Training Registration - Fort Worth,TX | Apr 27, 2022 - Apr 28, 2022

Fort Worth Police Department Training Facility
505 West Felix Street
Fort Worth, TX 76115
CEU's Available - Yes



COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse Cases: From Offense to Prosecution is an award winning, highly rated investigations program that provides up-to-date training for professionals involved in child physical abuse, neglect, and child death cases. 
 
For over 24 years, The Shaken Baby Alliance has partnered with leading experts in the field of forensics to produce Best Practice training to meet the needs of multi-disciplinary professionals. This training is based on the philosophy that investigative and legal professionals with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of child abuse and neglect and forensic investigative techniques, will be provided with the tools necessary to investigate, prosecute, and ultimately protect children.
 
COURSE CONTENT
Day 1:
• Clinical Presentation in Pediatrics:  Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect
Donna Wright, MSN, APRN, CPNP, CP-SANE - Cook Children's Medical Center
 
This module focuses on the forensic markers of abuse/neglect vs. accidental causes in skin injuries, fractures, abdominal injuries, and head injuries to include symptoms and the timing of when symptoms would begin after an injury. Participants will be provided with information related to the importance of understanding child development and the mechanism of injury in child physical abuse. Information will be provided to participants on what to ask the medical provider and what not to ask the medical provider.
 
• Forensic Investigative Techniques:  The 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation© 
Eddie Reeves, Chief Investigator – Gwinnett County (GA) Medical Examiner’s Office
 
This module provides participants with detailed training using The 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation© including: established protocol, the multi-disciplinary team, consent, scene investigation & photography, physical evidence, testimonial evidence, electronic/documentary/other evidence, timeline development, scene reconstruction/re-enactment, interrogation, ongoing training, and resources. Case studies will be presented to show the use of these elements and how systematically utilizing these 12 elements results in a thorough investigation leading to the successful outcome of the case.
 
Day 2  
 
• Child Death Cases:  Natural/Accidental Death vs. Homicide
Jamie Downs, M.D., D-ABP/CP/FP, F-AAFS, F-NAME,F-ASCP, F-CAP, D-ABMDI,   forensX, LLC/Charleston Southern University/Gwinnett County (GA) Medical Examiner's Office
 
Led by a Forensic Pathologist, this module will include a discussion with case studies emphasizing Pediatric Head Trauma showing the importance of the scene investigation in the determination of a natural/accidental death vs. homicide.  Participants will be provided with specific examples of findings at the scene of a natural or accidental death, compared to a homicide.  The importance of the First Responder in reaching an accurate finding will be discussed.
 
• Forensic Pathology of Child Physical Abuse 
Jamie Downs, M.D., D-ABP/CP/FP, F-AAFS, F-NAME,F-ASCP, F-CAP, D-ABMDI
forensX, LLC/Charleston Southern University/Gwinnett County (GA) Medical Examiner's Office
 
A discussion with case studies showing the impact of child abuse and its many forms, with emphasis on using the 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation© to properly plan, evaluate, and investigate the case.  The value of consultations with experienced professionals and utilizing visuals and other demonstrative evidence to aid in determining the mechanism of injury using the present state of medical science.
 
 
• Interviews in Child Physical Abuse:  Details, Dos, & Don’ts
 Eddie Reeves, Chief Investigator – Gwinnett County (GA) Medical Examiner’s Office
 
Who to interview in the child physical abuse / neglect case, how to prepare and plan for the interview, what timeframe to focus on, what questions to ask the various members of the MDT, and what questions to not ask.  The best approach to take with caregivers and specific questions, including, how much detail is needed to get the critical information to build the successful case.  
 
 
 
Timeline Development 
Bonnie Armstrong, E.D. – The Shaken Baby Alliance
 
This module provides examples of timelines and focuses on bringing the myriad facts and documents in child physical abuse and child death cases together to form a clear, concise, and thorough visual representation of which caregiver(s) was with the child when the injury(ies) occurred. Case studies will be used to show the process and participants will be given the opportunity to develop a timeline using a case study during the practical exercise.
 
Legal Aspects:  How the Thorough Investigation Impacts Successful Legal Outcomes
Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office
 
Led by an attorney, this block of instruction will use case studies to show how the multidisciplinary team works together to develop thorough cases using the medical findings, mechanism of injury, forensic investigation findings, interview details, and the timeline to identify what happened to cause injury to the child victim and determine if the cause was accidental, inflicted, or the result of natural consequences. 
 

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