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  NCJ Number: NCJ 209764     Find in a Library
  Title: Investigating Child Fatalities
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Bill Walsh
  Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 08/2005
  Page Count: 36
  Series: OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse
  Annotation: This guide offers law enforcement officers concise, practical information in the effective investigation of child fatalities.
  Abstract: Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of children die from a variety of causes, including illnesses, diseases, accidents, suicides, and homicides. The tragedy of a child’s sudden death is a loss which can be compounded if law enforcement fails to conduct a proper investigation. Flawed investigations can result in two outcomes: (1) an innocent person will be suspected or accused of either a crime that did not occur or the accused did not commit or (2) a real crime will remain undetected or unsolved. The purpose of this portable guide is to provide practical information for law enforcement officers investigating child fatality cases, cases where investigators believe abuse or neglect caused or contributed to the fatal injury of the child. It is also useful for child protective service and other professionals involved in these cases. The guide provides information on the nature of child fatality cases, how child fatalities differ from other types of homicide cases, the roles of child protective services and law enforcement, conducting the investigation, documenting the case, interrogation, and testifying in court. Professionally conducted investigations of child fatalities ensure that innocent people are not falsely accused of wrongdoing and guilty people are not allowed to escape justice and potentially harm another child. Resources
  Main Term(s): Child fatalities
  Index Term(s): Fatalities ; Criminal investigation ; Child abuse investigations ; Investigative techniques ; Homicide investigations ; Family homicide ; Child abuse fatalities
  Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Handbook
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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