Munchausen syndrome by proxy

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Gypsy Rose Blanchard Is Getting Out of Prison
Gypsy Rose Blanchard
Released From Prison

Gypsy Rose Blanchard Released From Prison

She plotted to have abusive mother killed in 2015

(Newser) - Gypsy Rose Blanchard is out of prison. The 32-year-old, who has been imprisoned since 2016 for her role in the murder of her mother, was released Thursday morning, reports CBS News . Blanchard's case out of Missouri made national headlines (and a TV miniseries ) because her mother, Dee Dee...

A Doctor Reported Child Abuse. What Followed Was Worse

'The Cut' shares the story of Maya Kowalski and her parents

(Newser) - Dr. Sally Smith for years worked as a child-abuse pediatrician who headed up the child-protection team in Pinellas County, Florida. She retired in July, and recapped a grim career that included seeing "dozens of children who were literally beaten to death." And in the roughly 3,000 cases...

1K Hospital Visits and One Death Later, Mom Pays for Her Ruse

Kelly Turner sentenced to 16 years for fatally abusing Olivia Gant

(Newser) - A Colorado mother who fatally abused her daughter for years while falsely claiming the child was terminally ill has been sentenced to prison to serve more than twice the length of 7-year-old Olivia Gant's short life. Kelly Turner was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading...

'Make-a-Wish' Mom Enters Plea in Daughter's Death

Colorado's Kelly Turner pleads guilty, could see 16 years for lying about 7-year-old's terminal illness

(Newser) - Update: A Colorado mother has pleaded guilty to child abuse and negligently causing her daughter's death in a case that made national headlines, reports the Denver Post . Prosecutors say Kelly Turner lied about her daughter being terminally ill, which led to years of unneeded and life-threatening medical treatments for...

Son Had 323 Hospital Visits by Age 8. But He's Healthy
Her Son Had 323 Doctor Visits
by Age 8. But He's Healthy
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Her Son Had 323 Doctor Visits by Age 8. But He's Healthy

Texas mom Kaylene Bowen charged in Munchausen syndrome by proxy case

(Newser) - Christopher Bowen is a healthy, athletic 10-year-old kid in Texas. That's quite a difference from the boy who racked up 13 major surgeries and more than 300 hospital and pediatric center visits by the age of 8, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . A remarkable recovery? Not quite. Authorities say...

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

Alisha Newman allegedly suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy

(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...

Her Son Needed Brain Surgery. A Boy Band Star Had Suspicions

The convoluted case of Union J's JJ Hamblett and the ex he accused of having Munchausen by proxy

(Newser) - A sick 5-year-old who was said to need brain surgery had that procedure postponed for six months, and it's because he was caught in the middle of a battle between his mom and his famous father. Caterina Andorfer Lopez, 32, tells the New York Post that shortly before the...

Child Underwent 13 Surgeries. Cops Say They Weren't Needed

Mother suspected of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy arrested

(Newser) - By the time he was 7 years old, Christopher had been seen at Texas hospitals and pediatric centers 323 times and underwent 13 major surgeries, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports. He was put on full-time oxygen, confined to a wheelchair, fitted with a feeding tube, and entered into hospice care....

Mom Accused of Forcing Surgeries on Child for Years

Malinda Lugin allegedly did so for 7 years—beginning when she was pregnant

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman was indicted by a grand jury yesterday for allegedly forcing her 7-year-old daughter to undergo "unnecessary and potentially harmful" surgeries and tests, the Star-Ledger reports—and authorities say the 36-year-old started the abuse while she was pregnant with the girl, per the New Jersey Herald ...

Mom Who Killed Son With Salt Gets 20 Years to Life

Lacey Spears sentenced in 2014 death of 5-year-old Garnett

(Newser) - Lacey Spears , the mom convicted in March of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt, received 20 years to life in prison at her sentencing today, the Westchester Journal News reports. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary said he didn't give her the maximum 25 years...

Mom Guilty of Killing 5-Year-Old Son With Salt

Lacey Spears blogged extensively about son's health woes

(Newser) - A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted today of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube. A jury in the New York suburb of White Plains found Lacey Spears, 27, guilty of second-degree murder in...

Boy Allegedly Poisoned by Mom Had Similar Scare as Baby

But years of red flags weren't enough to save Garnett Spears

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy from New York's Rockland County was allegedly fatally poisoned by his mother earlier this year. The worst part might be that warning signs were present almost from the day Garnett Spears was born, reports the Journal News . The newspaper obtained a fatality report about Garnett that...

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