Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigations Training Held

SUIDI TrainingWhen a child dies unexpectedly, a thorough investigation is needed to accurately determine the cause and manner of death. To train professionals in several disciplines about child injury and death scene re-enactment, the Alabama Child Death Review System (ACDRS) offered a series of two two-day training sessions in Child Injury and Death Scene Re-Enactment and Scene Reconstruction: Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigations (SUIDI) on August 16-17, 2021, at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham and August 19-20, 2021, at Montgomery County Health Department in Montgomery.

These sessions provided SUIDI training for law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services personnel, district attorneys, district attorney support staff, medical examiners, coroners, social workers, nurses, and others working in child protective services. Participants learned the skills needed to provide investigations that will lead to a more accurate determination of the cause of injury and death. Retired Major Connie Shingledecker of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was the presenter at the sessions.

ACDRS is located in the Behavioral Health Division of the Bureau of Prevention, Promotion, and Support. For more information about ACDRS, please visit the wwww.alabamapublichealth.gov/cdr. Kimberly Gordon can be reached via email at Kimberly.Gordon2@adph.state.al.us or telephone at (334) 206-2085. Financial support was provided by the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Children’s Justice Task Force at no cost to attendees.

(Photo Caption: Attendees learned 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 was the presenter.)