21.00.130     CHILD DEATH INVESTIGATIONS

 

Whenever a member of the Department investigates the death of a person under the age of 18:

 

v     The on-scene supervisor shall be responsible for making the appropriate command notifications.  The on-scene supervisor shall make direct contact with the on-duty or on-call Investigations Section supervisor.

 

v     An Investigation Section detective shall respond to all deaths involving minors 

 

Exception:  If the death resulted from a motor vehicle accident, a Traffic Unit supervisor may assume responsibility and designate personnel to investigate the incident.

 

v     The Investigations or Traffic Unit supervisor shall liaison with the on-scene supervisor and on-duty or on-call Watch Commander to determine the need for additional personnel to respond to the scene.

 

Infant Death investigations shall require coordination with the King County Medical Examiners Office.  This task shall be the responsibility of the Investigations Section Supervisor and/or the lead investigator.