Munchausen syndrome by proxy

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Cops: 'Make-a-Wish' Mom Killed Her Own Daughter

Colorado woman accused of lying about 7-year-old's terminal illness

(Newser) - When 7-year-old Olivia Gant died in 2017, people thought she was the victim of a tragic illness. Police now believe she was the victim of a horrific crime—and her own mother was the culprit. Kelly Renee Turner, 41, was arrested last week on 13 charges including child abuse and... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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.... More »

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 ... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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