Thursday, June 04, 2009

An example of Münchausen syndrome by proxy from the headlines

Mom Caught Putting Feces
In Child's IV

Investigators call it one of the most disturbing cases of child abuse in Travis County history. Emily Beth McDonald, 23, is accused of intentionally making her 3-year-old daughter sick. Investigators say hospital surveillance cameras recorded the abuse.

The victim is still at Dell Children's Medical Center but is in stable condition. Investigators say her mother admitted to rubbing feces into the toddler's feeding tube on multiple occasions at the hospital.

All the while, the mother kept a daily blog of her daughter's illness and attempts to recover. Austin police say every time McDonald's daughter started to improve, the child would get sick again.

"The medical records show that the child would get better and then feces would most likely be reintroduced," said Det. Marci Graham.

Some people just need killing.

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