Child Fatality Report
This fatality data includes reports of child deaths that:
- Are due to homicide as determined by the Medical Examiner, regardless of whether there was child protective history with the family;
- Have Office of Child and Family Service (OCFS) findings of abuse and/or neglect associated with the death, regardless of whether there was child protective history with the family or whether there are law enforcement findings; or
- Had a child protective history before or during the child’s life, even when the cause of death was natural, accidental, or undetermined.
Some information has been redacted, at the direction of the Office of the Maine Attorney General, because the manner of death is still listed as pending by the Medical Examiner’s office, and/or because there is a pending criminal proceeding.
The child deaths in June 2021 that DHHS previously announced are not included in this list due to ongoing criminal investigations and/or proceedings. Those that fall under the criteria noted above will be added at an appropriate time upon advice of the Office of the Maine Attorney General.