The Washington County Child Fatality Review Team is led by the Washington County Health Department (WHCD) and includes several other community agencies including the Washington County Department of Social Services, Meritus Health, Washington County Public Schools, Bester Community of Hope, Washington County Mental Health Authority, Hagerstown Police Department, Washington County Sherriff’s Office, Head Start of Washington County, and others.
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner refers cases of unexpected and unusual child deaths to the team for review. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the death was preventable and to make recommendations to prevent future deaths.
This report aims to inform the community about trends in potentially preventable child deaths within the last five years and educate parents, caregivers, and agencies in the community about strategies to prevent child deaths.
The Maryland Department of Health creates annual statewide Child Fatality Review reports which can be found here.