Last week, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Fatality Review Unit hosted an event to announce that it plans to distribute 300 demonstration dolls to law enforcement agencies around the state. These dolls will be used in the investigation of serious child injury and/or death. These dolls are about the size of a 3-month old baby and will be used for realistic reenactment and photographing of incident scenes.
First Lady Sandra Deal was a guest speaker at the event and representatives of the Child Fatality Review Panel, the Division of Family and Children Services, the Department of Public Health, the Office of the Child Advocate and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council also were in attendance.
It was announced that these dolls will be useful tools in sleep-related infant deaths as this continues to be a leading cause of preventable infant fatalities in Georgia. In 2015, 170 infant deaths were determined to be sleep-related.
The mission of the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel is to provide quality “child fatality data, training, technical assistance, investigative support services, and resources to any entity dedicated to the well-being and safety of children in order to prevent and reduce incidents of child abuse and fatality in the state.”
Each Georgia County has a local child fatality review committee comprising of professionals from multiple disciplines that analyze the critical aspects of child deaths to aid in reducing preventable child deaths in Georgia. A child’s death is eligible for review when the death is sudden, unexpected, unexplained, suspicious, or attributed to unusual circumstances.