Child homicide cases are some of the most difficult cases to investigate. This is not only because of the highly-charged emotions involved, but also because these cases at first glance frequently appear to be accidents. This is one area of the law in which you must not only prove who did the crime, but often if it is even a crime at all. This presentation will highlight an entire child homicide investigation including scene preservation, evidence gathering, and interrogation. We will discuss specific challenges in certain types of cases, including abusive head trauma. A case study will be woven throughout the presentation of a child torture/homicide to illustrate many of the principles being discussed. This will be team taught by a career law enforcement officer and prosecutor, providing each unique viewpoint to these investigations and discussing what is necessary to reach the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Recognize the importance of quickly securing a scene, even before fully understanding what has happened to the child
Identify how to comprehensively collect evidence unique to child homicide cases
Understand the benefit of a non-confrontational interview with your suspect