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

Alisha Newman allegedly suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2019 3:04 PM CDT
Alisha Newman.   (Milwaukee County Jail)

(Newser) – She was both a mom and a nurse, but authorities say an Oklahoma woman endangered her 10-year-old daughter's life by inventing serious illnesses from the girl's very first weeks of life. Alisha Newman, 34, has been charged with felony child abuse amid accusations that she suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, reports BuzzFeed. The details:

  • Six states: Newman allegedly made up ailments about her daughter in six states—Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Tennessee, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She was taken into custody after bringing her daughter to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. At that point, after years of what authorities say were unnecessary medical treatments, the girl was genuinely ill, suffering from acute renal failure, acidosis, and organ damage.
  • The ailments: Over the years, the girl had two pacemakers and a feeding tube installed, and authorities say it's because Newman kept providing false information to doctors at different facilities. At various times, she has claimed her daughter had ailments including dysautonomia, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial disease, hypertension and hypotension, and severe dysmotility, per the Journal Sentinel. Doctors at the Wisconsin hospital were suspicious because tests on the girl ruled out diagnoses the mother kept insisting she had.

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