Governor appoints Prairieville man to Child Death Review Panel

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Capt. Mark Fournet of Prairieville to the Child Death Review Panel.

Jindal also named State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning of Gonzales to the panel as an ex-officio member.

Fournet is employed with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, and will serve as the designee of the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, as required by state statute.

The Child Death Review Panel serves to establish a standardized child death investigation protocol and criteria for information that must be included in a death investigation report.

Additionally, the panel analyzes death investigation reports and informs the legislature of their findings concerning the causes of and methods of decreasing unexpected deaths of infants and children.

According to statute, the panel is comprised of 25 members, including the state health officer, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, the secretary of the Department of Social Services, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, the state registrar of vital records in the Office of Public Health, the attorney general, the commissioner of the Department of Insurance, the executive director of the Highway Safety Commission, the state fire marshal or their designees. The remaining 16 members include:

• A member of the Senate designated by the president of the Senate;

• A member of the House of Representatives designated by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

• A representative of the injury research and prevention section of the Office of Public Health designated by the assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health;

• The executive director of the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition;

• A district attorney designated by the Louisiana District Attorneys Association;

• A sheriff designated by the Louisiana Sheriff's Association;

• A police chief designated by the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police;

• A forensic pathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology and licensed to practice medicine in the state designated by the chairman of the Louisiana State Child Death Review Panel;

• A pathologist experienced in pediatrics designated by the Louisiana Pathology Society;

• A coroner designated by the president of the Louisiana Coroner's Association;

• A health professional with expertise in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome selected from nominations submitted by the Louisiana State Medical Society;

• A pediatrician with experience in diagnosing and treating child abuse and neglect selected from nominations submitted by the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and

• Four citizens from the state at large who represent different geographic areas of the state.