FORT EISENHOWER, Ga. - UPDATE: The young son of a Fort Eisenhower staff sergeant has been identified in a death investigation. The victim's mother and spouse of the staff sergeant is in custody, facing a federal murder charge. According to the Department of Justice, 30-year-old Amy Short is accused of using a knife to cut the neck of an 11-month-old child during an act of child abuse. The child was later pronounced dead at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. As of Friday, Short has appeared in court, but has not yet entered a plea. Stick with FOX54 for the latest updates.

Statement from Army CID:

Press Release                                                                           Date: Nov. 16, 2023

At this point of our ongoing investigation, we can confirm that the deceased is the young son of Staff Sgt. James Short of San Diego, Calif. Short joined the Army in 2006 as a signal support system specialist and joined the Fort Eisenhower team in 2021 as a drill sergeant. The victim’s mother and spouse of SSG Short is in custody.

We have informed our Fort Eisenhower community of the identity.  We are focused on providing support to all who suffered in this tragedy.  We appreciate the sensitivity afforded to our community as we take care of our team and continue to heal from this tragic loss.

This will be the final release on this event to protect the integrity of this active investigation.


UPDATE: Cyber Center of Excellence Communications Director Lesli Ellis-Wouters released the following statement:

Yesterday, Nov. 15, 2023, the Fort Eisenhower family suffered a terrible loss to our community. Our immediate focus is providing care and support for those affected by this tragedy.

At this time, we request privacy for the family to mourn and heal from this event.

We are thankful for the community’s support as we mourn the loss to our community. We continue to work with law enforcement to ensure a complete investigation. To protect the integrity of the investigation, no further information can be released.


Investigators are looking into a death at Fort Eisenhower Wednesday.  A spokesperson described the incident as a “family member fatality” on post.

It is currently being investigated by department of the army criminal investigation division.

We've reached out to that agency for more information and will update this story as details are released.