LAFOURCHE PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE
DR. JOHN C. KING, CORONER
MANNER OF DEATH
POST MORTEM CASES
SOUTHERN EYE BANK
GOALS FOR 2013
Dear Citizens of Lafourche Parish,
The Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office conducts comprehensive and professional deathinvestigations to determine cause and manner of death for cases which fall within the jurisdiction of the coroner. This is accomplished through the continued cooperationbetween the coroner, law enforcement agencies, health care professionals, and the public.
There were a total of 634 deaths in Lafourche Parish for the year ending December 31, 2012. This represents an increase of 47 deaths from the calendar year 2011. Homicides have doubled from 3 to 6, accidents increased from 41 to 48 and infant deaths have decreased 50%. We contribute the decrease in infant deaths from participating on radio talk shows and education to hospitals and expecting parents.There were 84 autopsy’s conducted out of 634 cases in 2012. This represents due to extensive training and experience of the Forensic Investigator’s.
Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office signed out 197 cremation permits. Each case had to be investigated according to State Law.
Mental Health Services have increased from Emergency Orders of Protective Custodies and Evaluations of mentally ill. We provide 24 hours a day assistance to the citizens of Lafourche Parish.
Sexual Assault cases have increased and we work closely with all law enforcement and hospitals.
In 2012 we received a used ambulance that was donated by the South Lafourche Ambulance District. This donation alone saved the Parish of Lafourche minimum of $40,000 for the vehicle and $30,000 additional from having local funeral homes make removals of coroner cases.
This report contains a synopsis of the cases investigated by the Coroner’s Office for calendar year ending December 31, 2012. I respectfully affirm, as Coroner of Lafourche Parish, that this report as submitted, is true and accurate account of the services provided by the Office of the Coroner in return for your tax dollars.
If you have any questions regarding this office or any of the material contained in this report, please contact my office at any time. In closing, I would like to thank the Parish President, Administrator, Parish Council, Sheriff Craig Webre, District Attorney Camille A. "Cam" Morvant II and the South Lafourche Ambulance District for all their help.
John C. King MD
Coroner of Lafourche Parish
MANNERS OF DEATH
• All Coroner Reports determine the manner of each death. All deaths investigated by
• the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office are classified in one of five distinct
• NATURAL covers all deaths primarily resulting from a disease of the body and not
• resulting from injuries or abnormal environmental factors.
• ACCIDENTAL covers all accidental deaths including motor vehicle incidents where
• there is no obvious intent to cause death. This classification includes any death
• resulting from an action or actions by a person which results in the unintentional
• death to him/herself or any death to any person that results from the intervention of
• a non-human agency.
• SUICIDE refers to any death from a self inflicted injury where there is apparent
• intent to cause death.
• HOMICIDE includes any death resulting from injuries caused directly or indirectly
• by the actions of another person. (with the exception of unintentional motor vehicle
• accidents). Homicide is a neutral term that does not imply fault or blame.
• UNDETERMINED is any death which cannot be classified in any of the other categories. The actual cause of death may or may not be known in these cases. An example of an undetermined death would be a drug overdose where it is unclear in one of the other existing categories before considering a classification of undertermined.
SOUTHERN EYE BANK
14 Lafourche Parish residents received a corneal transplant in 2012
LOUISIANA ORGAN PROCUREMENT AGENCY
LOPA AND LAFOURCHE STATS
8-tissue donors enhancing 560 lives
2-Organ donors saving 6 lives
31-potential tissue donors
8-family declines for tissue
15-Shutdowns because of medical/social history
2-brain death, (6 organs recovered)
1-DCD (donation after cardiac death) No recovery potential did not cardiac arrest
in required time.
3 Emergency Order of Protective Custody papers issued on individuals threatening
To harm self and others with stand off with law enforcement.
75 order of Protective Custody papers issued
Mental Health calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Sexual Assault cases were increased in 2012, examinations were performed with
Local hospitals and working with Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and Thibodaux
All minor children were examined at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.
Rape kits were provided to all area hospitals.
PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
PROVIDING DRUG AND ALCOHOL SEMINARS FOR SCHOOLS
PROVIDING COMMUNITY SEMINARS ON INFANT DEATH PREVENTION
PROVIDING FULL TIME SERVICES TO CITIZENS OF LAFOURCHE PARISH
MAINTAINING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO ALL