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

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    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

  • 02

    Importance of Infant and Child Death Training

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    • Section Intro Infant and Child Death

    • Why infant death training is important (20 minutes)

    • SUDI-National Guidelines (downloadable)

  • 03

    When a Child Dies

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    • When a child dies (24 minutes)

    • Arrival on scene (23 minutes)

    • Quiz: When a Child Dies

  • 04

    Development Milestones and Aging Marks and Bruising

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    • Development Milestones and Aging Marks and Bruising (19 minutes)

    • Quiz: Development Milestones and Aging Marks and Bruising

  • 05

    External Body Exam and Documenting Injuries

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    • External Body Exam and Documenting Injuries (29 minutes)

    • Abusive Head Trauma

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

    • Child Forensic Body Charts (downloadable)

    • Quiz: External Body Exam and Documenting Injuries

  • 06

    Getting Information from Witnesses

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    • Getting Information from Witnesses and Completing the SUIDI Form (29 minutes)

    • Doll Re-enactments (14 minutes)

    • Quiz: Scene and Witness Statements

  • 07

    Identifying and Collecting Evidence

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    • Identifying and Collecting Evidence (20 minutes)

    • Quiz: Identifying and Collecting Evidence

  • 08

    Differing Causes of Death

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    • Differing Causes of Death (21 minutes)

    • Quiz: Differing Causes of Death

  • 09

    Additional Resources

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    • SUIDI Scene Form

    • SUIDI Additional Scene Forms

    • Placed - Found Placards (downloadable)

    • 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.


Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 30 years’ experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigation. 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 over 20 years. 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