Coordinator, Fatality Review Teams
WV Office of Chief Medical Examiner
619 Virginia St, West
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: 304-558-6920 ext. 4010
West Virginia’s CDR Program began as a voluntary process in 1994 and was put into statute in 1996. In 2013 new legislation was enacted and WV Code §61-12A-2 created the Unintentional Pharmaceutical Drug Overdose Fatality Review and combined Child Death Review, Domestic Violence Fatality Review and the Infant and Maternal Mortality Review Teams as one.
West Virginia Child Fatality Review Team is a state team only.
Maggie Molitor: Coordinator, Child Fatality Review Team, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Marie Frazier, MD: Pediatric Intensivist from Marshall University
James Kozik: West Virginia State Police, Director of the Crimes Against Children Unit
Corporal Marlene Moore: West Virginia State Police, Crimes Against Children Unit
Michelle Kelly: Medical Social Worker and Case Manager for WVU Hospitals
Jane McCallister: Director of Planning and Quality Improvement, Bureau for Children and Families, WVDHHR
Harry Anderson: Governor’s Highway Safety Program
Lori Bragg-Lawrence: Child Welfare Consultant, DHHR Region 4
Chau’tle Haught: CPS Supervisor, DHHR Region 2
Amanda Gifford: CPS Supervisor, DHHR Region 3
Christa Janes-Ash: CPS Child Welfare Consultant, DHHR Region 1
Melissa Baker: Epidemiologist, Bureau for Public Health
Annette Roberts: Nurse, Bureau for Public Health, Infant and Maternal Mortality Review Team
Patrick Kerr: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director WVU Dialectical Behavior Therapy Services
Lisa Carmelia: Administrative Coordinator WV Children’s Justice Task Force
Becky King: Co-Coordinator for Our Babies: Safe and Sound
Kimberly Harrison: Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities
Sharon Istfan: Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Systems
Lieutenant Mark Davis: Chief Investigator, Upshur Co. Sheriff Department
Matthew Wickert: Director of Operations, Vital Statistics
Barb Taylor: Deputy Commissioner Bureau for Public Health, DHHR
Allan Casto, Shawn Alderman and Jason Baltic: WV State Fire Marshall Office
Barri Faucett: Director Prevent Suicide WV/Aspen
Ariana Kincaid: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Office
Courtney Rosemond: WV State Fire Marshall Office
Josh Brown: Director Violence and Injury Prevention Program
Trudi Blaylock: VP Operations PSIMED/Division of Juvenile Services
Vicki Hildreth: Coordinator Emergency Medical Services for Children
Johanna Bosse: Epidemiologist, Child Fatality Review Team, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Jeanne Tucker: Data Abstractor, Child Fatality Review Team, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
WV State Code requires basic review and data collection on all child deaths. The West Virginia CDR State Team does a “full” review on deaths that appear avoidable – homicides, suicides, motor vehicle, SIDS/SUIDS and accidents and undetermined. Reviews are conducted on children that are less than 18 years old.
Review all deaths of children under the age of eighteen years who are residents of West Virginia in order to identify trends, patterns and risk factors; Provide statistical analysis regarding the causes of child fatalities in West Virginia; assist in the promotion of public awareness of the incidence and causes of child fatalities, including recommendations for their reduction; and provide training for state agencies and local multidisciplinary teams as needed.
West Virginia CDR utilizes the National Child Death Review Data Base and gathers all requested data.
The WV Child Fatality Review Team has completed the annual report for 2017 that includes child deaths from 2015. This report is still under review and has not yet been released.
West Virginia CDR efforts have influenced change. A statewide example of this is the utilization of the standardized death scene investigation forms used on all child deaths. The child death investigation forms are specifically generated for each cause of death. The WVCDR provided every County Medical Examiner and the WV State Police Crimes Against Children Unit an infant death scene investigation kit. This kit includes the reenactment doll, place cards, forensic tools, child development chart, reference sheet to all services in the State of West Virginia and a hypothermic thermometer. The WVCDR has produced a statement and brief on preventing drowning’s in West Virginia, and press events for air bag safety. Along with the Chief Medical Examiner, the WVCDR is trying to establish a statewide child abuse and neglect medical evaluation team, who will assist and advise child protective services.
There have been no recent trainings.
Last Updated: January 2018