Child Homicide 2018


Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona

This course is an intensive, advanced training program designed to equip investigators, child protective services workers and prosecutors with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively investigate and prosecute child serious injury and homicide cases.

When: September 5-7, 2018
Where: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona
Cost: $575.00 a person. 
Early bird registration amount is $550.00 if registered and paid by July 1, 2018

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From Trauma To Trial 2016 Conference Venue
Tempe Mission Palms, where Midwestern charm meets the warmth of the Southwest, is the only full-service hotel in the heart of Tempe, Arizona, with convenient access to Scottsdale and Phoenix. The serenity of the surrounding desert landscape and its rose-colored vistas are reflected in the hotel’s décor and mimicked in its relaxing ambiance.
Features of the Mission Palms Resort:
  • Within walking distance to downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue district & over 100 restaurants, bars, and shops.
  • Conveniently located just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona State University (ASU), and all major highways in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • As a courtesy, the hotel will provide daily shuttle transportation to Phoenix Airport, 5:30am – 10:00pm.  The airport shuttle runs on an “as-needed” basis, leaving every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour. Reservations are not required.
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Enjoy these amenities:
  • Rooftop outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Two Jacuzzi spas
  • Elegant garden courtyard
  • Top-rated Mission Grille restaurant
  • Harry’s Place, our indoor/outdoor lounge
  • Business center and concierge
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport transportation
  • High-speed wireless Internet
  • Fully-equipped fitness center
Limited rooms are available under the group block “Justice3D” at a nightly discounted rate of $119.00 + taxes.  Additional rooms may be available after the room block is filled at normal resort rates beginning at $199.00 nightly.
To receive the Justice3D group discount, please call 800-547-8705 or book your room online here.

What You Will Learn



In child homicide investigations, it is frequently unclear in the beginning whether one is dealing with a horrible accident or criminal behavior. Making sure the crime scene is protected and preserved takes conscious decisions that are different from most adult homicides. Accurate scene recreation is critical in determining exactly what occurred and requires a unique approach when dealing with grieving parents or family members. 


Proper evidence collection can be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful prosecution.  In the early stages of an investigation it is often unclear what will be important.  Knowing how to comprehensively collect all evidence that may be needed usually requires an immediate response and some unconventional thinking.


Dr. Robin Foster, a pediatric abuse specialist, will discuss burns, bruises, fractures, abusive head trauma and other frequent mechanisms of child abuse and child homicide.  Both investigators and child protective services workers will gain a better understanding of what symptoms to look for in determining whether or not they are dealing with an accident or a crime.  Dr. Foster will also discuss medical conditions that mimic abuse.


Learn a new approach to suspect interrogation that seeks information as much as a confession. Learn how to corroborate the investigation and evidence through your suspect’s own words. Understand how communicating empathy keeps your suspect talking and increases the opportunities for corroboration and confessions.



Investigating child abuse cases require coordination and communication to ensure a successful outcome.  First and foremost, protecting the child is our goal and even in homicide cases there are often other children in the home that require the attention of child protective services.  It is critical that everyone work together to make sure that all children involved are protected, evidence is not lost, and efforts are not duplicated.  It is critical that law enforcement officers and child protective services’ investigators work together throughout the entire investigation.


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