Training will assist professionals conduct child abuse and death investigations


CONTACT: Carrea M. Dye
(334) 206-2085

When a child dies unexpectedly, a thorough investigation is needed to accurately determine the cause and manner of death. The Alabama Department of Public Health is offering professionals in several disciplines a series of two-day training sessions in child injury and death scene re-enactment and scene reconstruction.

These trainings will emphasize the techniques and benefits of scene re-enactment and scene reconstruction in child abuse and death investigations as well as provide sudden unexpected infant death investigation training.

The target audience includes law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services personnel, district attorneys, medical examiners, coroners and those working in child protective services. Sessions will be held in five locations throughout the state.

Attendees will learn the skills needed to provide an investigation that will lead to a more accurate determination of the cause of injury and the persons responsible. Retired Major Connie Shingledecker of the Manatee County, Fla., Sheriff's Office will be the presenter at the sessions held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on the following dates and locations:

  • July 9-10, Montgomery Police Academy
  • July 12-13, Covington County Commission, Andalusia
  • July 23-24 and July 26-27, Birmingham Police Academy
  • August 6-7, Huntsville Police Academy
  • August 9-10, Alabama Department of Forensics, Auburn

Continuing education credit will be offered by the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission, Alabama Coroners’ Association, and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. In addition, EMT/Paramedic CEUs will be available and continuing education credit is pending for social workers. This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for a maximum of 14.5 hours credit, including 0 hours of ethics.

Financial support is provided by the Department of Human Resources and the Children’s Justice Task Force.

No costs are associated with the training, but registration is required. For more information, contact Carrea Dye, Director, Alabama Child Death Review System, at (334) 206-2085 or [email protected].