David Bradley

5 star rating

“This might be the best course yet. Very complete and easy to follow. This topic is a much needed reminder for all investigators....”

“This might be the best course yet. Very complete and easy to follow. This topic is a much needed reminder for all investigators....”

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Michael Perez

5 star rating

“Good material”

“Good material”

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RaNeva Dowty

5 star rating

“Very informative and contained good information not included in other infant and child death investigation.”

“Very informative and contained good information not included in other infant and child death investigation.”

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Michelle Bright

5 star rating

“thanks for the updated SUIDI forms ”

“thanks for the updated SUIDI forms ”

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Course Fee

Course Summary

Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers
  • Law Enforcement  Patrol Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 

Why  Take  This Course

This course is approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST and the  American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)  This course follows the United States National Guidelines for investigating infant and child death as set forth by the CDC and the NIJ.


Investigating infant and child deaths require a unique approach and can be complicated for even the most experienced investigators. These scenes, more than any other type, are highly charged and emotional. If not investigated with a pre-determined set of standards; evidence can be missed or scenes can be misinterpreted.

This course is designed with the detective or patrol officer investigating death, and coroners or medicolegal death investigators in mind. This course will specifically discuss scene processing, last known re-enactments, witness and family statements, evidence collection and documentation, injury and wound interpretation, and investigative techniques as they relate to child and infant death. This course contains photography of real scenes and pathology evidence.

The training will thoroughly cover the numerous aspects of these investigative cases and promote critical thinking and evaluation of these crime scenes and all the unique pieces to help delineate homicides from accidental and natural deaths, even in the most subtle of cases.

This course follows the United States National Guidelines for investigating infant and child death as set forth by the CDC and the NIJ.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. 

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

    • Join the Private Facebook Community

  • 02

    Importance of Infant and Child Death Training

    • Section Intro Infant and Child Death

    • Why Infant Death Investigation Training is Important (20 minutes)

    • SIDS v. SUIDI (6 minutes)

    • Multidisciplinary Approach to Infant Death Investigation (5 minutes)

    • Quiz: The Importance of Infant Death Investigation Training

    • SUDI-National Guidelines (downloadable)

  • 03

    When a Child Dies

    • Communication with Family (14 minutes)

    • Investigator Mental Health - Part One (18 minutes)

    • Investigator Mental Health Part Two (16 minutes)

    • Quiz: When a Child Dies

  • 04

    Scene Arrival

    • Initial Arrival on Scene (20 minutes)

    • Quiz: Scene Arrival

  • 05

    Development Milestones

    • Understanding Developmental Milestones (8 minutes)

    • Quiz: Development Milestones and Aging Marks and Bruising

  • 06

    Documenting Injuries

    • Understanding Abusive Head Trauma - Shaken Baby Syndrome (9 minutes)

    • Child Abuse and Infanticide (7 minutes)

    • Injuries and Post-Mortem Changes (22 minutes)

    • Infant Injury Examples (12 minutes)

    • Quiz: External Body Exam and Documenting Injuries

  • 07

    Scene Investigation and Reenactments

    • Gathering Information at the Scene (18 minutes)

    • Witness Statements (6minutes)

    • Care Giver Rolls and Scene Reenactments (14 minutes)

    • Quiz: Scene and Witness Statements

  • 08

    Identifying and Collecting Evidence

    • Identifying and Collecting Evidence Part-One (18 minutes)

    • Identifying and Collecting Evidence Part-Two (6 minutes)

    • Quiz: Identifying and Collecting Evidence

  • 09

    Differing Causes of Death

    • Death by Age Groups (15 minutes)

    • Childhood Suicide (7minutes)

    • Quiz: Differing Causes of Death

  • 10

    Additional Resources

    • Coroner and ME Handbook on Death Registration and Fetal Death Reporting

    • SUIDI Scene Form

    • SUIDI Additional Scene Forms

    • Child Forensic Body Charts (downloadable)

    • Placed - Found Placards (downloadable)

    • eBook: Overcoming Defense Expert Testimony in Abusive Head Trauma Cases

    • Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.

  • What is your refund policy?

    The refund formula is as follows: Students may request a refund of an online course tuition prior to 30-days after purchase and if less than 50% of the course content has been accessed. Refunds are calculated based on the percentage of accessed content. For example, if 10% completed then a 90% refund will be issued, if 25% completed is 75% refund, and so on. *No refund will be given after 30 days or if completion is 50% or more* Multiple payments for the same course: In cases where the student made extra payment (same course bought multiple times) for the same course, a refund will be issued upon request. There will be a 3.7% transaction cost charged by credit card processor per transaction. All online training courses are tested extensively on all types of systems, browsers, and devices. We can assist you to get started with the course if you are having any trouble.


Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 35 years of experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigations. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the role of senior investigator with the Coroner’s office for 24 years, and now serves as the elected Coroner. This combined investigative experience has uniquely established Darren as an expert in investigations which allows him to consult and teach internationally on investigation practices and procedures.

Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Senior Instructor