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Affidavit: Trinity woman's neglect caused daughter to have developmental delays, anemia

Shirley Mathias (Source: Trinity Police Department) Shirley Mathias (Source: Trinity Police Department)
TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 27-year-old woman Monday on an injury to a child charge in connection to allegations that she severely neglected her daughter, which resulted in the child developing severe anemia and having developmental delays.

According to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, the little girl also tested positive for marijuana in April of 2014.

Shirley Mae Mathias, of Groveton, was arrested and charged with state-jail felony injury a child.

A TCSO narcotics investigator met with a Child Protect Services case worker on April 17 regarding an incident that occurred on Nov. 2, 2015. Mathias and another woman brought Haley Riddle, Mathias’ 3-year-old daughter, to the Groveton Clinic in Groveton for a checkup, the affidavit stated.

When a physician’s assistant did a complete blood count on the girl, he found that it was extremely low. He recommended that an ambulance take the child to the nearest emergency room, but the women said no. 

After Mathias and the other woman took the little girl to an emergency room at a Lufkin hospital, Haley was then transported to Texas Children’s Hospital, the affidavit stated.

The TCSO investigator also spoke to the physician’s assistant at the Groveton Clinic on April 17. When asked if he thought the child’s condition was caused by intentional abuse, the PA said that although he didn’t think it was caused by intentional abuse, he felt like it had more likely been caused by negligence, the affidavit stated.

The CPS caseworker also provided a copy of the Physician’s Statement Regarding Injury to a Child from Texas Children’s Hospital, which was filed on Nov. 10, 2015, the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, the document asked “In your professional opinion, is the child’s condition consistent with the family explanation?” The doctor checked no, and the explanation stated, “[I]t is unlikely that her critical illness would have occurred abruptly.” 

In addition, the document asked if the “child’s condition was consistent with abuse or neglect,” and the doctor wrote “neglect,” the affidavit stated. The document went on to say that, according to Haley’s medical records, she was brought to the Groveton clinic for lethargy and because she had been vomiting for four days, the affidavit stated.

The girl was noted to be extremely pale, and her maternal grandmother said she had been that way since birth, the affidavit stated.
A social history narrative in the document stated that at the time Haley lived with her mother, but her grandmother was also a primary caretaker, the affidavit stated.

“Significant tobacco use at home along with many pets in the house,” the affidavit stated. “She does not go to daycare. She is significantly developmentally delayed (does not sit, roll, crawl, or walk).”

Quoting the physician’s statement, the affidavit also stated that Haley exhibited poor fine motor control and only spoke two words with no other babbling at the time.

The affidavit stated that the physician’s statement said the girl’s father was unemployed and that he had a history of domestic violence. 

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