There are no complete or valid statistics to show how many children are injured by Shaken Baby Syndrome each year, although many experts believe the number to be over 1500. Head injuries are the leading cause of child abuse fatalities. Most head injuries occur in babies under the age of one and are abusive in nature.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious form of child maltreatment most often involving children under 2 years but many be seen in children up to 5 years old. It occurs commonly, but maybe misdiagnosed in its most subtle form and underdiagnosed in its most serious form. Contrary to early speculations, Shaken Baby Syndrome is unlikely to be an isolated event. Evidence of prior child abuse is common. Specific evidence of previous cranial injuries (e.g., old intracranial hemorrhages) from shaking episodes is found in about 33% - 40% of all cases.


Tarrant County had 24 child abuse deaths in 2016, an increase of 50% or eight more babies.  Tarrant now ties Dallas County for child deaths, second only to Harris County.*   Tarrant children have a significantly higher percentage of confirmed physical abuse cases compared to Dallas and the national average. 

As we are Fort Worth born and bred, Tarrant County children ages 0 – 8 benefit from our programs directly through Family Support and indirectly through Training and Case Consultation.

Our 2017 Tarrant County participants:

 1. Over 67% of the 55 children served in Family Victim Support

 2. 100% of the732 high schoolers trained in how to cope with a crying baby, the number one cause of SBS.

 3. We provided 32 case consultations in Tarrant County.

 4.  We trained 620 Tarrant County professionals charged with protecting children,  over 52% of the 1288 professionals trained. 

There are no other agencies providing the focus or interrelated services of the Shaken Baby Alliance. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in Utah is committed to prevent shaken baby syndrome and promote the well-being of infants generally through the development and implementation of programs, policy and research. Their support services are limited, and they do not provide training or case consultation. Shaken Baby Syndrome resource groups are scattered nationwide, but no one provides the allied core services of Family Support, Training and Case consultation as does the Shaken Baby Alliance.

*Fort Worth Star Telegram, March 29, 2017
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