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Bio Inv. Michael Weber

Inv.  Michael Weber 
Investigator, Tarrant County District Attorney
401 W. Belknap, Fort Worth, TX 76196
(817) 884-2800
Email:  MCWeber@tarrantcounty.com 
 
 
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. In addition to providing training for The Shaken Baby Alliance on various aspects of child physical abuse, Investigator Weber also provides training on Medical Child Abuse, also known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP).  
 
Investigator Weber investigated all claims of Medical Child Abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) that were generated in Tarrant County 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 either there weren’t injuries that allowed for prosecution or where the child actually had the medical ailment claimed by the parent. Investigator Weber has consulted with Fort Worth PD on 3 cases since 2015 leading to one arrest and prosecution.   
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).
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 also authored the below article published in the spring 2018 edition of the APSAC Advisor:
Weber, M. (2018). Investigation of Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another or Medical Child Abuse. APSAC Advisor, 30(1), 53-60.
Weber authored an article for the FBI Bulletin online journal that has been accepted for publication and is in the editing process:
Weber, M. (2018). Proper Criminal Investigative Techniques for Medical Child Abuse: Two Case Studies. Federal Bureau of Investigation Bulletin journal. In press. 
Weber authored an article for the Texas District and County Association’s Texas Prosecutor journal: 
http://www.tdcaa.com/journal/investigating-medical-child-abuse 
Investigator Weber’s investigations were the subject matter for an in depth feature story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram followed by an editorial acknowledging these crimes exist:
,http://media.star-telegram.com/munchausenmoms/. 
http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article51176180.html
Investigator Weber’s Investigation into Hope Ybarra was also featured on Season 1, Episode 1 of the Headline News Network’s Something’s Killing Me.\
Investigator Weber was the first law enforcement official to recognize and report possible abuse in the Christopher Bowen case:
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/dallas/article188865169.html
Investigator Weber has also consulted with numerous jurisdictions on ongoing investigations into medical child abuse cases. 
 
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