Child Abuse Investigation

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

What really happened Sunday morning has yet to be determined. But what is known is that this is a very critical time for one little baby boy. A medical emergency call came in Sunday morning that a baby had suffered severe head trauma. When crews arrived at 7805 Shore Drive in Machesney Park the baby's father, 28-year-old Matthew McNabb was administering CPR. Once everyone arrived at the Rockford Memorial Hospital Winnebago County Sheriff's Department started questioning medical staff.

Deputy Chief Kurt Ditzler says, "They're diagnosis didn't fit with the fathers story so we began investigating. Based on that we established probable cause to make the change against the father."

McNabb has been charged with one count of aggravated battery to a child. He's currently in the Winnebago County Jail on a $100,000 bond. But next-door neighbors are shocked and don't believe the allegations. Instead they say McNabb's a great father. The type of dad who would never do anything to hurt his children. But Ditzler says sometimes children don't have the ability to make decisions adults do. Ditzler states, “A lot of time adults get themselves into situations that are based on poor decisions. But at least they made the decision. When your dealing with children especially an infant they had no choice in the matter they were just there."

Ditzler went on to say that DCFS is now investigating.


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