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The Coroner’s Office holds investigations concerning the manner and cause of any deaths that are sudden, unexpected, resulted from violence or accident, under suspicious or unusual circumstances, and other deaths pursuant to LA R.S. 33:1563. The coroner may perform or cause to be performed by a competent physician an autopsy in any death in his discretion. The coroner issues emergency certificates, and/or orders of protective custody on those in need of immediate medical treatment because he/she is dangerous to self or others or gravely disabled. The coroner also investigates and collects evidence on all sexual assault cases reported to local law enforcement agencies.
Reporting a Death
The following is a list of all cases that are mandated to be reported to the Coroner’s Office:
Manner of Death
The coroner classifies each death for the completion of the death certificate in one of the following manners:
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI)
SUIDI is the investigation of any natural or unnatural death of a child under the age of one year that was considered to be a healthy birth/infant.
There are four main types/classifications of Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUID).
These types of investigations are done in order to determine the cause and manner of death to the best of our knowledge based on a combination of physical findings and past medical history.
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