About the Course
This course offers a comprehensive view into the deaths of children that law enforcement encounters both as patrol officers and investigators. The first day addresses all manners and mechanisms of death. The perspective of the materials is that of the pathologist, and how they come to the final determinations of cause and manner based on the overall investigation into a death. The role of law enforcement and other outside agencies is critical in that determination. Participants will learn how crucial the local investigation into circumstances and confirmation of particular details, in conjunction with the autopsy, is to that final determination. The second day covers many of the logistical aspects of death investigation, to include court issues, scene considerations, case studies, and working with outside agencies. We welcome detectives, patrol, prosecutors, medical examiners/coroners, child protection professionals, and other related disciplines to attend. There is a strong emphasis on inter-agency collaboration in this course so any disciplines directly involved in these types of cases are encouraged to attend.
Lisa Mayhew, Founder of TEGAN Group, MS, D-ABMDI has served as the Child Death Investigator and Trainer for the North Carolina Child Fatality Prevention Team and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the past 21 years. She has provided investigative assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, county social services, and prosecutors. She has trained all levels of law enforcement during this time both in North Carolina and across the country. In addition, she works closely with local fatality review teams, providing training and support. She is the author of Child Death Investigations: Interdisciplinary Techniques from Cradle to Court available through Carolina Academic Press.