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SBS/AHT is the leading cause of physical Child Abuse in the U. S.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) describes SBS as a subset of AHT with injuries having the potential to result in death or permanent neurologic disability.

The #1 trigger for Shaken Baby Syndrome is frustration with a baby’s crying.

SBS/AHT is the leading cause of physical Child Abuse in the U. S.

Approximately 25% of victims of SBS/AHT die.


Can Tossing My Baby in the Air or Rough Play Cause SBS?

SBS is a form of child abuse that happens when an infant or small child is violently shaken.  Shaken injuries are not caused by:

  • Bouncing a baby on your knee.
  • Tossing a baby in the air.
  • Jogging or bicycling with your baby.
  • Falls off a couch or other furniture.
  • Sudden stops in a car or driving over bumps.

Although the activities listed above can be dangerous and are not recommended, they will likely not cause SBS injuries.

Why is Shaking a Baby Dangerous?

Violent shaking for just a few seconds has the potential to cause severe injuries.  While shaking may cause injury to children of any age, children are most susceptible to being injured during their first year of life.  Factors that contribute to a baby’s vulnerability include:

  • Babies heads are heavy and large in proportion to their body size.
  • Babies have weak neck muscles.
  • Babies have fragile, undeveloped brains.
  • There is a large size and strength difference between the victim and the perpetrator.


SBS/AHT is well researched with over 700 publications in more than 100 peer-reviewed high impact medical journals.

Upwards of 80% of surviving victims of SBS/AHT suffer lifelong disabilities.

Approximately 25% of victims of SBS/AHT die.

SBS/AHT is the leading cause of physical child abuse deaths in the U.S.

SBS/AHT occurs most often in babies less than 6 months old.

There are approximately 1,300 reported cases of SBS/AHT in the U.S. each year.

Possible Signs and Symptoms of SBS/AHT
  • Lethargy / decreased muscle tone
  • Extreme irritability
  • Decreased appetite, poor feeding or vomiting for no apparent reason
  • Grab-type bruises on arms or chest
  • No smiling or vocalization
  • Poor sucking or swallowing
  • Rigidity or posturing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decreased level of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Head or forehead appears larger than usual
  • Soft spot on head appears to be bulging
  • Inability to lift head
  • Inability of eyes to focus or track movement
  • Unequal size of pupils
Consequences of SBS/AHT
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Visual disabilities or blindness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Speech disabilities
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Seizures
  • Behavior disorders
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Death

Information on this page is not intended to replace advice by a health care professional.  If you suspect a child has been shaken, seek immediate medical attention.

Resource:  National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

No Demonstrations No Angry Voices To End Child Abuse

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Lisa Eck, the Child’s mother, spoke out about the crime saying she never saw it coming.

When to get help:  A Specialist’s advice on
spotting signs of Child Abuse

TOLEDO, OH  –  Twenty five-year-old Zach Shadix , the man accused of killing 8-month-old Gabrielle Walker, appeared in court Thursday.  Walker’s mother Lisa Eck spoke out about the crime saying she never saw it coming.

“I had woke up and went and made the baby a bottle like I do every morning.  I went to her bassinet to get her and she was black and blue all over the right side of her face,” said Eck.

Eck told NBC 24 Shadix lived with her, the infant, and her 9 year-old son for 6 months without any problems.  Child behavior experts at the Family and Childhood Abuse Prevention Center in Toledo say the one’s closest to you often commit crimes.

“A child is more likely to be hurt and killed by someone they trust,” said Dr. Christie Jenkins CEO of the center.

She deals with victims and their families, warning them of red flags.

“They’re scared, they cry they can be very clingy to the caregiver that’s not abusing them,” said Jenkins of the behavior of abused children.

While children might show a change in behavior there’s also the physical signs with odd-shaped bruises.

“When it’s abuse there’s typically circular motions there’s indentations of actual pieces of objects,” said Jenkins.

Even if an abuser isn’t harming a child psychically, there are often signs in the way they treat adults including getting easily frustrated along with being emotionally and physically abusive.

In addition to short tempers abusers will often have a rocky past.  Court documents show Shadix had prior charges in Lucas County for violent behavior.

“If they’re going to do that with you when you’re gone and that baby is completely helpless, they’re going to do that with that child,” said Jenkins.

Right now Shadix is in custody, while Eck says she’s still processing what happened to her child.

If the above signs sound familiar or you have questions about child abuse the center offers free counseling and one-on-one sessions.  You can visit their website to find more information.

We Are Our Brothers Keeper

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3 Kings

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

Frank and I are Co-Founders of NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! and our blog, My Brother’s Keeper

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength.  This is the first commandment.

Frank, My Little Brother, was stricken with pancreatitis about the first of May 2017.

Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm CDT, Frank finished his job here, and was called home to be with Our Lord GOD.

Frank and I were born in Sweetwater Texas

He is preceded in death by R. E. our Father, and D. Kennedy, our Mother.

We attended school in Sweetwater until ****.

We graduated from H.G. Spruce High in Dallas, Texas.

Frank retired from the **** ** ******

Survived by Step-Father K.G. Kennedy of Dallas.

Brothers Robert and **

Niece G. ******** of *******, and Nephew Nathan *****.

Nephews Robert Jr and Kenneth of Sweetwater.

Nephew Matthew of Maryneal.

Nephew Joshua of Dallas.

There are the two oldest nephews which will not be named for security.

My  Heart is heavy as the weight of this whole world,
yet my head is held high for The Man who was and always will be My Little Brother and My Best Friend in Our journey on the pathway through this life.

Next Stop The Child Abuse Zone

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After 3 1/2 years, it made me angry that we were still being filtered, although as I looked at the seemingly unending list, depression grew within me, one tear at a time.
Acidic questions ate at my stomach, one word at a time….

As I looked at the Fox13 Salt Lake City website, I heard the show begin…

Sign Post Up Ahead,
Have You Made A Difference Today????

I can’t begin to tell you all what was going through my mind at that moment, all I can do is show you, as best I can, all the Child Abuse listed on that one web page.

The good part was, the Mom and Boyfriend from Sumpter Township, Michigan had been caught in Georgia.

Utah couple charged in death of 15-month-old girl
Posted 3:42 pm, October 2, 2017

Suspect in murder of 13-day-old baby appears in court
Posted 3:37 pm, October 26, 2017

Utah man arrested in Hawaii for 2015 murders of Orem mother and son
Posted 1:06 pm, October 30, 2017

Couple arrested after 7 kids found in filthy home, 1 with maggots in diaper
Posted 5:36 pm, October 30, 2017

West Jordan mother accused of killing 13-day-old son appears in court
Posted 8:44 am, November 3, 2017

Authorities think they have found body of missing 3-year-old NC girl; mom’s boyfriend arrested
Posted 3:01 pm, December 2, 2017

Man coerced Utah teen into sending nude photos and videos, police say
Posted 2:52 pm, December 2, 2017

Children rescued in Iron County Amber Alert were living in storage containers, hidden in barrels
Posted 3:46 pm, December 5, 2017

Davis County 19-year-old arrested for abusing, killing 7-week-old son
Posted 9:11 am, December 5, 2017

Teen pleads guilty to sexual assault and murder of 12-year-old girl
Posted 4:38 pm, December 11, 2017

Mother pleads guilty in 3-year-old son’s freezing death
Posted 4:11 pm, December 12, 2017

Mother found guilty of murder after 16-year-old daughter starves to death
Posted 11:05 am, December 15, 2017

Second teen pleads guilty in attempted aggravated murder of Cache Co. girl
Posted 3:55 pm, December 19, 2017

Iron County couple charged with murder in 14-month-old girl’s death
Posted 2:09 pm, December 21, 2017

Utah man booked for child abuse after stepson arrives at hospital covered ‘head to toe’ with bruises
Posted 4:15 pm, December 23, 2017

Police say Phoenix baby bent in half by father has died
Posted 3:30 pm, December 26, 2017

4-year-old found alone in the cold in Ogden after mother dies
Posted 5:49 pm, December 28, 2017

Police: Suspect threatened 4-year-old at gunpoint before murdering man in Taylorsville apartment
Posted 3:44 pm, December 29, 2017

Man admits to raping 8-year-old girl, feeding her meth
Posted 9:51 am, January 3, 2018

Manhunt underway for mom, boyfriend in death of 4-year-old Michigan girl
Posted 4:10 pm, January 8, 2018

Family members arrested near Toeele after three-year-old child exposed to meth
Posted 3:36 pm, January 9, 2018

Police say Utah County man arrested for sex abuse a ‘serial child sexual predator’
Posted 3:45 pm, January 13, 2018

A dozen siblings found ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home after teen escapes
Posted 3:36 pm, January 15, 2018

Utah mother speaks after teen babysitter charged with child abuse homicide
Posted 3:15 pm, January 17, 2018

Mathews Held On Million Dollar Bond

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Wesley Mathews is being held on a $1 Million bond.

ME Confirms Body Found Sunday Is Missing
Richardson Toddler

RICHARDSON, TX  –  Did now confirmed dead Richardson toddler Sherin Mathews choke while drinking a glass of milk?  There are more questions after an announcement from the medical examiner and new details from the arrest affidavit of Sherin’s adoptive father, Wesley Mathews.

Police arrested Mathews for a second time on Monday afternoon after he voluntarily went to the Richardson Police Department, with his lawyer, and asked to talk to investigators.  It was then that Mathews changed his account of what happened in the early morning hours of October 7, the day he claimed Sherin went missing.

Originally, Mathews had told police that he was punishing Sherin for not drinking her milk and that at 3 a.m. he ordered outside to stand by a tree about 100 feet outside their backyard.  He said he left the little girl there and when he returned 15 minutes later discovered she was gone.

On Tuesday evening, community members got together to mourn the loss of the little girl.

The affidavit detailed how after being advised of his rights on Monday Mathews now said that the incident involving Sherin happened in the garage of the family home.

Mathews new claim is that he was trying to get the little girl to drink her milk, but that she wouldn’t listen to him.  He said at some point when Sherin finally complied he “physically assisted the 3-year-old girl in drinking the milk.”  It was then that Mathews said the toddler began to choke and that after coughing for a while her breathing slowed.

The 37-year old said that when he could no longer feel Sherin’s pulse he “believed she had died” and removed the body from the house.

Richardson police Sergeant Kevin Perlich said that basically Mathews new story is, “… contrary to what we were initially told when she was first reported missing.”

“What he has told us now is that she was drinking milk,” said Sgt. Perlich.  “She really didn’t want to drink that milk and so he was physically assisting her with that milk, apparently to the point where she began to choke, lost consciousness and eventually expired. During that period of time, Mr. Mathews never sought medical attention.”

Wesley Mathews was arrested again and booked into the Richardson City Jail.  He is expected to be transferred to the Dallas County Jail sometime today.

Just before lunchtime Tuesday, the Dallas County Medical Examiner confirmed that the body of the child found on Sunday, about a mile from the Mathews’ home, is Sherin. Officials said they used dental records to confirm the little girl’s identity, but still have not determined how she died.

Before his arrest Monday Mathews had been out on bond after being charged for Endangering a Child.  He is now facing a charge of Injury to a Child, a first-degree felony with a maximum punishment of life in prison.

“The charge, whether it be a murder charge or an injury to a child, is a first degree felony on the charge.  They both carry the same penalty,” said Perlich.

Investigators said they are still piecing things together and that there could be more action taken in the case.  “You might see additional arrests or even a modification of charges as we progress,” said Perlich.

According to investigators, Sherin’s adoptive mother, Sini Mathews, helped with the identification of the body.  But police said her cooperation ends there.

Wesley Mathews is being held on a $1 million bond.

Police say there could be additional arrests.  After hearing Wesley’s newest version of events, Richardson police say they reached out to Sini Mathews, Sherin’s mother.  She declined to talk to police.  Police say she did help identify the body found in the culvert, providing Sherin’s dental records and identifying the clothes found in the body.