Spotlight – West Virginia

Maggie Molitor, BSW
Coordinator, Fatality Review Teams
WV Office of Chief Medical Examiner
619 Virginia St, West
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: 304-558-6920 ext. 4010
Fax: 304-558-7886

Program Description

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.

State Team:

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.

Annual Report
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.

Prevention Initiatives
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