Death Scene Investigative Checklist for Child Fatalities

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The Death Scene Investigative Checklist for Child Fatalities form is an app used to guide an investigator or case manager through the death investigation of a child or infant.

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When a child dies suddenly and unexpectedly, or suspiciously, a thorough evaluation and investigation of the scene is necessary to accurately determine the cause and manner of death. In many cases, a tragic, but crimeless death may occur such as SIDS, however, child death is in many cases a result of child abuse, neglect, or other foul play. The scene investigation should happen as soon as possible after the child’s death, optimally within 24 hours. This checklist should be used as a guide to the user's investigation of the scene of a sudden and unexplained or suspicious death, especially to a child under the age of one. The form contains relevant information that is necessary for finding out the cause of death for a child who died unexpectedly or suspiciously and may prove to be helpful information for a medical examiner performing an autopsy or other evaluation. The questions in this app will guide the user through all the processes of determining the cause of death for a child, documenting the scene of death, and noting concerning factors about the circumstances surrounding the death of the child, and any present risk factors. Investigators should attempt to immediately interview witnesses, EMS and emergency room personnel, child care providers, law enforcement, and other persons from the scene in order to have memories and recollections as clear as possible.

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