Det. Michael Weber
Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department
Investigator Michael Weber has been a law enforcement officer for 33 years. A graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Investigator Weber retired from Arlington PD in 2008 with 23 years of service as a Texas police officer, including 4 years as a Crimes Against Children detective for Arlington PD. From 2008-2015, Weber worked as an investigator in the Tarrant County DA’s Office Special Victim’s Unit. Investigator Weber investigated all claims of Medical Child Abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) that were generated in Tarrant County, Texas from 2008-2015. Investigator Weber has investigated 16 such claims in his 10 years with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. These investigations have led to 5 convictions for Injury to a Child, 1 conviction for misdemeanor Medicaid fraud, 1 investigation that was referred to an out of state agency where the injury (surgery) occurred, and 9 investigations where there were no injuries that allowed for prosecution or where the child actually had the medical ailment claimed by the parent. Investigator Weber has consulted on additional cases since 2015 leading to one arrest and prosecution. This experience created a deep sense of responsibility to share his knowledge and experience with members of the MDT to prevent further abuse of children.
Investigator Weber has presented on the subject of Medical Child Abuse at the Dallas National Crimes Against Children Conference, the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, and the National Child Advocacy Center’s International Symposium on Child abuse on multiple occasions since 2012. Weber has also presented on medical child abuse at the 2017 APSAC 24th Annual Colloquium on Child Abuse, 2012 Southern Illinois Child Death Investigation Team Training, the 2015 Champion for Children’s Conference (Cape Cod, MA), the 2015 Protecting Families Conference (Sioux City, IA), and the 2016 Children’s Justice Conference (Spokane, WA).
In 2018, Mike became a Detective with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Unit where he continues to investigate crimes against persons.
Publications: Investigator Weber was a co-author of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s best practice guidelines published in the spring 2018 edition of the peer reviewed APSAC Advisor. See below site and link: Weber, M., Sanders, M., Yorker, B., Alexander, R., Bursch, B., Ayoub, C., Feldman, K., Schreier, H., Mohr, B., Jenny, C., Roesler, T., Schunk, S., Wang, C., Hamilton, J., Feldman, M., Glaser, D., Stirling, J. (2018). Munchausen by Proxy: Clinical and Case Management Guidance. APSAC Advisor, 30(1), 8-31. Retrieved free from https://www.apsac.org/guidelines-form
Weber, M. (2018). Investigation of Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another or Medical Child Abuse. APSAC Advisor, 30(1), 53-60.
Weber, M. (2018). Proper Criminal Investigative Techniques for Medical Child Abuse: Two Case Studies. Federal Bureau of Investigation Bulletin journal. In press.
Investigator Weber’s investigations were the subject matter for several stories in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. http://www.star-telegram.com