Citations Affected: IC 36-2-14-6.
Synopsis: Postmortem radiographs. Requires a coroner to perform a
radiograph on a child who is at least one week and not more than three
years of age and dies under certain circumstances. Requires the coroner
to employ a physician who meets certain qualifications to perform the
Effective: July 1, 2005.
January 4, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local
file with the person in charge of interment a coroner's certificate of
death, with the cause of death designated as "deferred pending further
action". As soon as
he the coroner determines the cause of death, the
coroner shall file a supplemental report indicating his the coroner's
exact findings with the local health officer having jurisdiction, who
shall make it part of his the local health officer's official records.
(c) If this section applies, the body and the scene of death may not be disturbed until the coroner has photographed them in the manner that most fully discloses how the person died. However, a coroner or law enforcement officer may order a body to be moved before photographs are taken if the position or location of the body unduly interferes with activities carried on where the body is found, but the body may not be moved from the immediate area and must be moved without substantially destroying or altering the evidence present.
(d) When acting under this section, if the coroner considers it necessary to have an autopsy performed, is required to perform an autopsy under subsection (f),
or is requested by the prosecuting
attorney of the county to perform an autopsy, or is required to have a
radiograph performed under subsection (g), the coroner shall
employ a physician:
(1) certified by the American board of pathology; or
(2) holding an unlimited license to practice medicine in Indiana and acting under the direction of a physician certified by the American board of pathology;
to perform the autopsy or radiograph. The physician performing the autopsy or radiograph shall be paid a fee of at least fifty dollars ($50) from the county treasury. A coroner may employ the services of the medical examiner system, provided for in IC 4-23-6-6, when an autopsy or a radiograph is required, as long as this subsection is met.
(1) at the request of:
(A) the decedent's spouse;
(B) a child of the decedent, if the decedent does not have a spouse;
(C) a parent of the decedent, if the decedent does not have a spouse or children;
(D) a brother or sister of the decedent, if the decedent does not have a spouse, children, or parents; or
(E) a grandparent of the decedent, if the decedent does not have a spouse, children, parents, brothers, or sisters;
(2) in any death, where two (2) or more witnesses who corroborate the circumstances surrounding death are present; and