Special Agent – Child Fatality

Columbia, SC
South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division

Under direct supervision, serve as a Special Agent in SLED’s Special Victims/Child Fatality Unit. Participate in the detection of crime and enforcement of criminal laws; plan and conduct complete investigations of child deaths and other complex investigations perform tasks supporting local law enforcement; or work in specific program areas. Conduct investigations by gathering and developing facts and obtains supporting information relating to child death investigations, sexual assault, and neglect.

$40,759.00 – $75,413.00 Annually

8/6/2020 11:59 PM Eastern


  • Conduct investigations by gathering and developing material facts and obtaining supporting information relating to violations of state or federal law particularly regarding suspicious child deaths by interviewing or interrogating, as appropriate, suspects, victims, and witnesses to crimes or relevant matters, examining records, collecting physical and documentary evidence, and establishing other necessary contacts with law enforcement personnel or the public. Participate in making arrests, searches and seizures and conducts surveillance of criminal suspects.
  • Responsible for drafting and writing various reports of investigative findings and preparing an investigative summary report. Responsible for organizing and managing an investigative case file and managing an ongoing caseload.
  • Responsible for taking and preparing written statements/affidavits from suspects, victims and witnesses to crimes or relevant matters when necessary. Provide oral communication concerning assigned cases/matters for briefing and advising other agents, supervisors, prosecutors and other officials. Provide written or oral testimony in state or federal court as to investigative findings.
  • Support local law enforcement with routine or unusual police activities. Assist in training conducted for coroners, pathologists and law enforcement officers on the investigation, determination of the cause of death and evidence collection pertaining to child deaths.
  • Perform various administrative tasks relating to training, communications, special assignments, or any other functional areas of responsibility in the Special Victims Unit.
  • May perform various support tasks relating to programmatic duties such as executive protection, criminal intelligence, missing person matters and any other specialized assignments.


Agency Minimum Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree and two (2) years of experience performing investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency.
  • Must possess class I Law Enforcement Officer certification through the SC Criminal Justice Academy.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be skilled in verbal and written communication and ability to articulate and explain complex situations/incidents in a straightforward, simple manner; skilled in judgment and planning, have the ability to recognize probable cause.
  • Must be computer proficient in Microsoft Office programs.
  • This position requires statewide travel, occasional out of state travel, and may require overnight stays. The agent will work and respond statewide when requested.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One year of experience dealing specifically with child abuse/child death investigations.