Murders take emotional toll on workers in the Medical Examiner's Office

Posted at 6:28 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 19:32:31-04

MILWAUKEE -- Child murder cases are tough for every branch of our justice system.

Staff at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office say they're just as affected by it all too. 29 staff members consider themselves the voice for the dead, because the victims no longer have one.

While every case is difficult, it's especially hard when it involves children.

"They want to tell you how that person was in life and those family members form a connection," said Amy Michalak, lead forensic investigator.

So far this year, there have been 82 homicide autopsies county-wide.
On average, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner must perform autopsies for about one in eight deaths, each year.