Child Death Review Board

Santa Clara County Children’s Death Review Team


The Santa Clara County Children’s Death Review Team was established in 1985 and meets monthly to review all deaths of children under the age of 18 who have died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Structure and Procedures
Our goals are to:
  • Improve our understanding of how and why children die
  • Demonstrate the need for and to influence policies and programs to improve child health, safety and protection
  • Prevent other child deaths

It is the mission of the Santa Clara County Child Death Review Team (CDRT) to review and investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of children that occur in Santa Clara County. The review is conducted through a process of interagency collaboration and discussion. The objectives of this inquiry are to discover ways to improve children’s lives, and to prevent serious childhood injury and deaths in the future. The CDRT’s review is not intended to assess fault by any particular agency or child care professional.

Report >   Not included in the above statistics is the review of a 25-year-old case of a suicide involving a young adolescent who hanged himself at his father’s residence. Dr. Michelle Jorden was asked to review this case and completed a review of the autopsy report, autopsy photographs, and investigative reports. She also returned to the scene and conducted a scene investigation and re-enactment using the investigative reports. Remarkably, the scene was minimally disturbed years later and allowed for a thorough re-investigation. An entire CDRT meeting was devoted to the review of this case, and the CDRT concluded the case was a suicidal death but the team also concluded the young boy was a victim of child abuse.

California Death Records

Joshua’s death was placed before the Child Death Review Board in 1990,  The Santa Clara County Sheriff Department did not give the board the true information on Joshua’s death, The Boards findings ~  Suicide ,  nothing more.  His death was placed before the board once again this year,  2014 .  Their findings were that Child Abuse was a huge part of Joshua’s life before and leading up to the time of his death,  this information was changed in the State of California’s database.   .That is the Justice Joshua received from Santa Clara County – a update to the States database.

The Board in 1990 had more information available to them when they conducted their review then they had in 2014 and the child abuse was very clear to the 2014 board but in 1990 this same board took no action, Joshua’s just slipped through their fingers .  They had our court records that show a history of child abuse, there is request and a court order to give them access to our court records in our file and the questions this 1990 board must of had were answered by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and UnderSheriff Laurie Smith –  I didn’t even know the process was happening, the Sheriff’s Office lied to me. .they told me when they were at my home in 1990 because a person involved in the juvenile court system started asking questions about Joshua but they refused to tell us who this person was and if I had known about the child death review board I would have been sitting at their review table with my complaints  .  If the board had said child abuse back then KW was in the legal limits to arrest him on child abuse charges at the least but that didn’t happen so I feel strongly that the child abuse was never added to the State of California’s Database.







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