North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Child Death Investigations

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement officers, investigators, attorneys, medicolegal investigators, crime scene technicians, fire/ rescue and emergency management personnel, and other agency personnel involved in the response to or investigation of child deaths.

Course Goals:

To provide the participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively participate in and/or conduct a thorough child death investigation to include: causes of death, collaborative working relationships, and scene investigations.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:
 - Classify the different causes of death for children and identify the extent of investigation warranted for each.

 - Identify and interpret injuries in child abuse homicides.
 - Identify agencies involved in investigating child deaths and their respective roles.
 - Explain the process for conducting a complete scene investigation for a child death.


This course employs lectures, case examinations, and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions.


Register for ALL NCJA classes (traditional classroom and online) on our  North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.



Course Coordinators:

Doug Robinson
Russell Strickland

Course Instructor:

Lisa Mayhew


Length of Course:

Two days - 16 hours

 CICP Credit

LIMIT 4 students per department