The Role of the Medical Examiner in Child Fatality Investigations

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After reviewing this chapter, the reader will be able to:
1. Explain the role and professional responsibilities of the medical examiner (ME) in
deaths where child abuse or neglect is suspected.
2. Understand the terminology commonly used by MEs.
3. Understand the differential diagnoses for early childhood fatalities.
4. List the indicators of a possible death due to sudden infant death syndrome
5. Discuss the elements of a trauma-informed approach to child death investigations,
as well as the role of child death review (CDR) teams.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationChild Maltreatment Assessment Volume 3: Investigation, Care, and Prevention
StatePublished - 2022


  • pediatric fatalities
  • child fatalities
  • medical examiners
  • coroners


  • Other Medicine and Health Sciences

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