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The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse Cases: Making a Difference Together, Presented by the Texas Rangers Company F, Texas Rangers Association Foundation, and Children's Justice Act of Texas

Training Registration - Florence,TX | Apr 26, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018

Texas DPS Tactical Training Center
810 CR 240
Florence, TX 76257
CEU's Available - Yes

Agency Partner -Children's Justice Act of Texas, Texas Rangers Company F, The Shaken Baby Alliance

GOAL
The goal of this training is to provide participants with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of child physical abuse/neglect and forensic investigative techniques, and the tools necessary to investigate, prosecute, and ultimately protect children.
 
COURSE CONTENT
This training is based on a two-day format.  Day 1 provides foundational knowledge of the medical aspects and forensic investigative techniques.  Day 2 includes an advanced focus on child death cases including:  natural death, accidental death, homicide, timeline development, and the importance of detailed interviews (with specific questions to ask in child physical abuse) with medical providers, care givers, family members, and First Responders that have a major impact on the case outcome.  The training will wrap up with a nationally recognized prosecutor experienced in prosecuting serious physical child abuse and child homicides discussing the latest information regarding Abusive Head Trauma, which is the leading cause of death and disability in abused children.
 
1. Medical Aspects of Child Abuse – 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.
 
2. Forensic Investigative Techniques:  The 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation© – 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.
 
3. Child Death Cases:  Natural/Accidental Death vs. Homicide - A discussion with case studies 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.
 
4. Forensic Pathology of Child Physical Abuse - 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.
 
5. Timeline Development – 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.
 
6. Interviews in Child Physical Abuse/Neglect:  The Devil Is In the Details – This module provides participants with training on who should be interviewed 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 multidisciplinary team, and what questions to not ask.  The best approach to take with caregivers and specific questions to ask including how much detail is needed to get the critical information to build the successful case.  A brief overview of interrogation themes found to be successful in child physical abuse will be covered along with case studies with video examples.
 
7. The WHOLE Truth About AHT – Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) is the leading cause of death and disability for abused children. If one were to read the headlines of various news reports, we might believe that Shaken Baby Syndrome and/or Abusive Head Trauma no longer exists.  As members of the MDT, we see all too often that these headlines are misleading and untruthful as we encounter the innocent victims of child physical abuse.  Rob Parrish, an internationally recognized expert in the prosecution of child abuse, leads a discussion showing how defense “experts” use partial truths to mislead the finders of fact.  Mr. Parrish will provide participants with knowledge to counter these defense tactics from the beginning of the investigation through prosecution of the defendant.  He will provide information regarding the current state of medical science about Abusive Head Trauma, recently published peer reviewed literature that directly impacts the MDT, and information related to confronting defenses and defense experts using solid investigation skills and trial strategies to confront the partial truths.  
 
 
 A light breakfast and snack will be provided.
All other meals are on your own. 
Questions:  Contact Ron Kunz   or 817-882-8686   
 
HOTEL
Hampton Inn & Suites Georgetown/Austin North
160 River Oaks Cove
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone 512.688.5300
For reservations call 1.866.497.6966
City View:  $93.00          Lake View:  $113
 
 
 
 

Notes: This course is open to APS, attorneys and legal personnel, law enforcement, prosecutors, CPS, CASA workers, first responders, medical practitioners, social workers, advocates, fraud and financial personnel, and other allied professionals. QUESTIONS? Ron Kunz rkunz@shakenbaby.org PHONE: 817-882-8686
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