Process For Child Fatality Reviews

Any child, birth through age 17, who dies will be reported to the coroner/medical examiner.

The coroner/medical examiner conducts a death-scene investigation and notifies the division via the Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline. If the coroner/medical examiner determines that the child died from natural causes while under medical care, the coroner/medical examiner or the child's physician shall notify the Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline. Additionally, the child's physician can complete a Child Fatality Review Program Worksheet and forward it to the coroner/medical examiner.

The coroner/medical examiner, with the certified child-death pathologist, determines the need for an autopsy. If an autopsy is needed, it is performed by a certified child-death pathologist. If the death meets the criteria for review, the results are brought to the CFRP panel by the coroner/medical examiner.

If the Death is not Reviewable

The coroner/medical examiner initiates the Internet database record answering all known data questions. The coroner/medical examiner notifies the chairperson of the CFRP panel of the death and the Internet database record number. The chairperson reviews the Internet database record for any corrections and/or adds any known additional information, then marks Section L, Number 3 as Not Applicable, within 48 hours of the death.

STAT reviews the data for correctness and links the Internet database record to the Department of Health and Senior Services birth and death data.

If the Death is Reviewable

The coroner/medical examiner initiates the Internet database record answering all known data questions. The coroner/medical examiner notifies the chairperson of the CFRP panel of the death and the Internet database record number. The chairperson refers the death to the CFRP panel. (The panel is to be notified within 24 hours.)

The chairperson schedules the panel meeting as soon as possible. The panel reviews the circumstances surrounding the death and determines appropriate actions to be taken by respective agencies. The Internet database record is completed by the chairperson within 60 days.

STAT reviews the data for correctness, finalizes and links the Internet database record to the Department of Health and Senior Services birth and death data. Panel members pursue the mandates of their respective agencies.