Mom Accused of Lying About Girl's Health for 10 Years - Page 2

Alisha Newman allegedly suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2019 3:04 PM CDT

  • As an infant: The criminal complaint against Newman says she convinced a hospital to place a feeding tube in her daughter at 11 weeks, even though the hospital could not corroborate the vomiting and feeding issues Newman described. Essentially, they trusted her judgment.
  • The pacemaker: A hospital installed a pacemaker in the girl at age 2 even though its own heart exam came back normal. This was based on “the medical history provided by the defendant, combined with a single report of the primary pediatrician” of a low heart rate, per BuzzFeed. Later, Newman saw to it that her daughter had a skin port installed for what she claimed was an immunoglobulin deficiency, says the complaint, even though that ailment was never diagnosed. And on and on.
  • Jail time: Newman faces up to 27 years in prison and $75,000 in fines. In court, she appeared to mouth the words, "Help me" to her husband, who was sitting in the gallery, reports Fox6. The complaint suggests she suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, in which one person exaggerates or makes up ailments about another. Her daughter has not been named, and details about her current condition were not available.
  • So many questions: At American Thinker, John Foley writes that the case raises a lot of disturbing questions about accountability and the US health care system in general. But he starts with starts with a few basic ones about the specific case, including, "Weren't the physicians who treated this child capable of seeing that the child was essentially healthy?"
(Boy underwent 13 surgeries. Police say they weren't needed.)

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