Seminar Title

Investigating Cases of Child Homicide and Unexplained Deaths of Children

Dates of Events

05/15/2024 through 05/16/2024

Last Updated: 04/16/2024
Instructor(s): Robert G. Lowery, Jr.
Location: Franklin Police Department - 2801 N. Morton Street, Franklin, IN 46131
Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites - 361 Paris Drive, Franklin, IN 46131
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
Robert G. Lowery, Jr.
Robert Lowery was the 5th police official to be appointed as Commander of the elite 35-year Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, a multi-jurisdictional violent crime task force concerned with the high profile murder investigations in Missouri and Illinois. Serving 2.5 million citizens across 12 counties. Formed partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United State Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service and Internal Revenue to maximize resources available for in-progress homicide cases. Robert created the Technical Operations Group, a specially trained team designed to provide electronic support in tracking and locating suspects. Robert created the Family Liaison Program which provided specially trained investigators to work with families of victims of homicide cases, investigated violent crimes with 500 Law Enforcement Investigators from over 100 local, county, state, federal agencies and managed high-level murder cases in collaboration with numerous officers and agencies.
Robert is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, Quantico, Virginia, United State Department of Justice, Federal Agency Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children, Washington DC, International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association and Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Academy Association.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Investigating Cases of Child Homicide and Unexplained Deaths of Children

This two day training is designed for law enforcement (homicide and death investigators), coroner/medical examiner investigators (medicolegal death investigators) and those in the child protection field. The instruction will comprehensively examine all aspects of responding to and investigating cases of child homicide and unexplained deaths of children, either through accidental causes or those committed by parents, family members, caretakers, or others. Actual case studies will be presented to emphasize teaching points and to provide practical exercises for the participant discussions.
Part One:
Overview of Child Death in the United States
Leading Causes of Death of Children
Child Abuse and Neglect
Victim Demographics
Overview of Safe Haven Laws
Infant Deaths
Risk Factors
The Case Review Process

Part Two:

Overview of Child Neglect
Recognizing Signs of Neglect
Physical Signs
Unhealthy Living Conditions
Overview of Child Abuse
Physical Signs
Bruises, Contusions, Pattern Injuries
Thermal Injuries – Types and Patterns
Bone Fractures
Determining Accidental Injuries and Deliberate Cause
Falls, Suffocation, Burns, Fractures
Doll Re-enactments
Investigative Steps
Shaken Baby Syndrome – Myths vs. Reality
Unborn Children Issues
Filicides – Common Motives
Munchausen by Proxy

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