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Infant and Child Death Investigations

  • October 27, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave, North Bend, OR 97459
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Class Title:

     Infant and Child Death Investigations

Target Audience:

  *** Law Enforcement, Medics, DME's, Deputy & District Attorney's***

Sponsoring Agency:

Oregon Peace Officers Association & Coquille Tribal Police

Date and Time:

October 27th, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Check-in)       


$150 OPOA Members

$175 non-OPOA Members (membership included if qualified)

Training Location:

Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave, North Bend, OR 97459


Kristine Karcher, BSN D-ABMDI has served as the Chief Deputy Medical Examiner, and Forensic Nurse Examiner for Coos County, Oregon for 25 years. She received her BSN from Oregon Health Sciences University and Masters level Certificate in Forensic Nursing from University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.  She is an adjunct professor at the University of California Riverside online Forensic Nursing Program and serves as a member of the Oregon’s State Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force Medical/Forensic Committee. Kris has maintained Registry Certification Diplomate status with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (D-ABMDI) since 1999. She represented Oregon at the 2008 CDC SUIDI National Training Academy and teaches regularly on the topic of infant death investigation. She is enthusiastic about sharing her experiences and knowledge to better provide a thorough, organized, and professional investigation of all infant deaths.

Jennifer Snippen PhD MA BSN F-ABMDI is the past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for Linn and Benton Counties and a past instructor for the Linn Benton CC Criminal Justice program, UC Riverside Forensic Nursing Program, Oregon State Medicolegal Death Investigator Program & the Oregon State University eCampus Anthropology program. She is now on the Anatomy and Physiology Faculty at Lane CC. Jennifer maintains Board Certified Fellow status with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (F-ABMDI). She has earned a Masters degree studying law enforcement experiences of infant death investigation and a PhD studying US death investigation practices. Jennifer represented Oregon at the 2008 CDC SUIDI National Training Academy and teaches regularly on the topic of infant death investigation. She is dedicated to improving infant death investigation outcomes for affected families and law enforcement agencies - as well as the greater criminal justice and scientific communities.

Brief Overview:

Students will learn about current best practice guidelines for infant death investigation, as well as specific challenges that are faced by law enforcement investigators. Case review examples will be used to explore critical investigation components with a focus on consistent, meticulous, and compassionate investigation of these complex and challenging cases.  Students will also be introduced to practical infant growth & development considerations as well as the importance of medical & social history acquisition. The roles of both patrol first responders and detectives will be addressed.  Collaboration with medical and medicolegal death investigation professionals will be emphasized.  

DPSST Category:  General 

Contact Information:

Alicia Davis at (970) 412-4544 or training4@opoa.info


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