The case started in March when the girl, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, was hospitalized with life-threatening renal failure. Tended court papers also show she was suffering from a severe rash.
Medical staff say the girl was at the hospital on a regular basis. She'd been sick for years and had even become a representative for several children's health charities. At one point she even danced at a Sydney Opera House fundraising event.
But on March 11 doctors noticed yeast growing in an intravenous line running to the girl's jugular. Medical staff agreed this was impossible without tampering and the Newcastle Child Abuse Squad was called. Syringes, laxatives, and urine samples were later found in the mother's handbag, leading police to a grim trail of evidence stretching back to 2008.
It's now alleged that the mother, whose name is being withheld, injected her daughter with urine and regularly fed her laxatives—something which could have caused her rash. There is also evidence that she tampered with the girl's stool samples.
It's been reported that the girl's mother was an avid blogger who regularly wrote about her daughter's health. "I wanted him [the doctor] to treat her," she wrote in a blog post that's since been removed. "Do something. Anything. She was in pain and I could see she was becoming unwell."
The mother had also been an ambassador for several children's health charities.
As a doctor, I think the woman could be suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP or MbP). MSbP is a behaviour pattern in which a caregiver fabricates, exaggerates, or induces mental or physical health problems in those who are in their care. With deception at its core, this behaviour is an elusive, potentially lethal, and frequently misunderstood form of child abuse.
Although, she has done something really horrible, I hope she gets help too.