Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation A National Cooperative. “SUIDI” Training Academies. SUIDI Teams. One team per state Five members: Medical Examiner/Coroner (team leader) Medicolegal Death Investigator Law Enforcement Officer Child Protection Expert
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A National Cooperative
Delaware Office of the Chief Medical ExaminerForensic Sciences Laboratory
Deputy Director Hal G. Brown
Medical-Legal Death Investigator Brian McCarthy
Delaware Division of Family Services
The sudden and unexpected death of an infant due to natural or unnatural causes.
Well then Maam… what is SIDS? (just the facts)
Sudden death of an infant under one year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.
What do I have to do? Why?
“WHAT MUST WE DO”
There must be a State Wide SUIDI
Procedure that addresses:
SCENE DATA TO THE MEDICAL
Thoroughly know the “Top 25”…
Sleeping position (step-father) sibling deaths
sleeping position (decedent)
Asphyxia sibling deaths
Change in sleep conditions sibling deaths
Yeah… the kid is sleeping in the trailer! sibling deaths
Environmental hazards (CO, chemicals, etc) sibling deaths
Environmental hazards sibling deaths
Recent sibling deaths
Cause of death due to natural causes other than SIDS --Prior sibling deaths
Suspicious circumstances sibling deaths
Description of circumstances (what happened?) sibling deaths
Six areas to concentrate on! sibling deaths
Value of Education; sibling deaths
Presenting the CDC-SUIDI mission back home.
Fundamental knowledge of sibling deaths
growth and development provides an understanding of;
Interagency cooperation and sibling deaths
Scene Investigation sibling deaths
The Interview sibling deaths
Reenactment sibling deaths
Web-based Reporting sibling deaths
Wait a minute… sibling deaths
is not consistent everywhere!
Some jurisdictions… sibling deaths
Police are taught that every death is a homicide until “ sibling deathsproven different” -- which mandates a search warrant to safeguard the admission of evidence:
Example (final point of affidavit)…
“Your affiant, Det. Bonnie Shriner hereby requests the honorable court authorize the New Castle County Police to enter the aforementioned residence with Joe Childbeater for the express purpose of performing a photographic and videographic scene reenactment”.
THE RULES OF sibling deathsRE-ENACTMENT(they are different)Police Investigators typically seek a Search Warrant and videotape (to avoid evidence suppression).Medical-Legal Investigators do not seek a warrant (they do not need one).
Don’t hit the brakes yet… sibling deaths
We have a lot of work to do!
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation sibling deaths
Is a National Cooperative.
Let’s make it work!