Course Dates:

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018           -to-                                                   Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Course Hours:

8:00am - 5:00pm
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Course Location:

City of Wylie Municipal Complex 
300 Country Club Road
Wylie, TX 75098

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La Quinta Inn                                          2210 W. FM 544                                  Wylie, TX 75098                                   Phone: (469) 969-0911

Course Contact:

Mark Johnson 
Wylie Police Department 
(972) 429-8013 

Child & Infant Death Investigations

Wylie, TX

February 21 - 23, 2018

Presented by:  Dr. Michael Berkland 

Course Description

Crime scene technicians and investigators from all levels will benefit from this training as we cover the topic of child and infant death investigations.  The presentation will cover medicolegal, crime scene, and autopsy finding aspects of the subject.  We will specifically discuss scene processing, evidence collection and investigative techniques as they relate to child death investigations.  Child and infant death investigations require a unique approach and can be complicated for even the most seasoned investigator.  The training will thoroughly cover the numerous aspects of these investigative cases and promote critical thinking and evaluation of these crime scenes and all the puzzle pieces to help delineate homicides from accidental and natural deaths, even in the subtlest of cases.  Actual case scenarios will be presented with attendees solving the case in small working groups to conduct hands-on review of forensic materials. All in attendance shall benefit from the examples and presentations on this complex subject will expand their knowledge in this area!

This course is designed to educate crime scene technicians, detectives and investigators of all levels.  State Attorneys, Defense Attorneys, as well as nurses and child protection team personnel will benefit from the presented materials.

TCLOE credit will be issued for this course.

$425 Per Student

Course Topics:


  • Classification of child SIDS deaths
  • Accidental v homicide deaths
  • Abusive head trauma
  • Retinal hemorrhages
  • Shaken baby syndrome (non-accidental trauma)
  • Child abuse injuries
  • Scene photography
  • Note-taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Measurements
  • Biological evidence Detection and collection,
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony (time permitting)