Child Death Review

Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Training

Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) training scheduled for June 2020 has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule at a later date. 

June 22-23, 2020 Birmingham- Canceled

June 25-26, 2020 Montgomery- Canceled

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. 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. Sessions will be held in Montgomery and Birmingham. Retired Major Connie Shingledecker of the Manatee County, Fla., Sheriff's Office will be the presenter.

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Child deaths are often regarded as indictors of the health of a community. Alabama's greatest resource is its children. The Alabama Child Death Review System (ACDRS) was created on September 11, 1997, in order to review, evaluate, and prevent cases of unexpected and unexplained child death. ACDRS's mission is to understand how and why children die in Alabama, in order to prevent other child deaths.

ACDRS, which includes both state and local child death review teams, focuses on prevention through statistical analysis, education, advocacy efforts, and local community involvement. Our most current data is reflected in the following information:

Teen Driving, ATV Safety, & Child Safety Seats

Vehicular fatalities are the single largest category of accidental child deaths in Alabama. Many of these deaths involve teenage drivers. In 2016, Alabama had 41 child deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Drive Safe and Teen Driving are sites dedicated to helping teens become safer, less distracted drivers.

Children younger than 16 are twice as likely to be injured while riding an Adult ATV than a Youth ATV. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend ATV use for children and teens 16 or younger. Just by following these key safety tips, many deaths and injuries related to ATVs can be prevented.

Most children under the age of 13 killed in car crashes in 2016 were not secured in car seats, booster seats or seat belts. Children are more likely than adults to be injured because they have softer bones, weaker neck muscles, and more fragile bodies. Get free help with your car seat by finding a certified car seat technician in your community. Learn more about child safety seats and how to find a child safety seat inspection by visiting our Injury Prevention Branch.

Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention

In 2016, there were 31 firearms, weapons, or assault-related child deaths. By reviewing simple guidelines and keeping weapons out of the reach of children, many of these deaths can be prevented. You can find more information about gun safety at Eddie Eagle and Child Safe

In 2016, there were 10 child suicide deaths in communities around Alabama. Help is available. If you, a friend or relative need help or want more information, please click on teens/suicide or call 1-800-273-TALK.

Sleep-Related Deaths

In 2016, 36 child deaths were sleep-related. Many of these deaths could have been prevented by following safe sleep practices, including not allowing an infant to co-sleep with other children or adults and keeping cribs clutter-free. More information can be located at safe sleep.

Page last updated: June 3, 2020