Mercyhurst College hosts seminar on child abuse

The Mercyhurst College Department of Applied Forensic Sciences and the Erie County Coroner’s Office will offer a one-day seminar on the “Recognition, Documentation, and Prosecution of Physical Abuse in Infants and Children” on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The course, which is approved for six hours of continuing education credits by the Coroners Education Board, begins with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. in room 119 of Mercyhurst’s Zurn Hall and is followed by presentations covering different perspectives on child abuse, including pediatric concerns, law enforcement, forensic science investigation and prosecution. Lunch is included.

The seminar is open to first responders, professionals in law enforcement and medicine, students and other interested parties. 

Presenters include Erie County Coroner Lyell P. Cook, Mercyhurst forensic scientists Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., and Steven Symes, Ph.D., Mercyhurst academic dean Thomas Gamble, Ph.D., retired Pennsylvania state police Sgt. Dennis Donovan, Justine Schober,M.D., Erie County forensic pathologist Eric Vey, M.D., and Erie County District Attorney Bradley Foulk.

Tuition is $25. For more information, or to register, contact Dennis Dirkmaat at (814) 824-2105; fax, (814) 824-3626.

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