The licensed nurse Alisa Newman, 34, would have forced her 10-year-old daughter to undergo unnecessary and potentially fatal medical treatment all her life
A qualified nurse suspected of suffering from Munchausen syndrome by a proxy has forced her 10-year-old daughter to receive unnecessary and potentially fatal medical treatment all her life.
The child had installed a pacemaker, feeding probe and IV port that she did not need and was subjected to procedures that only made her sicker, according to the criminal complaint.
Alisha Newman, 34, is charged with physical abuse of a child who causes major physical injury and child neglect.
She has been accused of misleading doctors in six states and alleged that her daughter suffered from a number of serious conditions.
The married mother of three was arrested after taking her daughter to a children's gastroenterologist at Children's & # 39; s Hospital in Wisconsin earlier this month.
Doctors noted that the girl's skin was pale and gray and that she seemed seriously ill, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
She was admitted to the pediatric ICU and diagnosed with severe shock and acute renal failure. Doctors saw that they had organ damage and acidosis, an excess of acid in the blood.
The married mother of three is suspected of suffering from Munchausen syndrome by a proxy
Newman posted pictures of her daughter and her husband in the hospital and regularly shared updates on her Facebook
Tests revealed that the girl suffered from bacteria that had migrated outside the intestinal tract. She was placed on antibiotics.
Doctors discovered that it was the second time the girl had been admitted to hospital with a serious infection in less than two months.
Five weeks before she was taken to the children's hospital, the girl was diagnosed with klebsiella sepsis and bacteremia, when bacteria are found in the bloodstream, in an Oklahoma hospital. She was placed on antibiotics and hospitalized for 21 days.
Red flags were raised at the children's hospital when Newman told staff that her daughter was diagnosed with a number of serious conditions, including mitochondrial disease and muscular dystrophy.
Newman (shown in court on Tuesday) is accused of physical abuse of a child who has caused major physical injury and child neglect
Newman has been accused of misleading doctors in six states, claiming that her daughter suffered from a number of serious conditions
After her hearing, Newman turned to her husband – who was sitting in the gallery – and muttered the words & # 39; help me & # 39;
But doctors in the same hospital had already ruled out that the girl was suffering from one of the two disorders in November 2016.
Red flags were raised at Children's & # 39; s Hospital in Wisconsin when Newman told staff that her daughter was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease and muscular dystrophy
Tests showed that the girl did not suffer from any rare condition at all.
After her most recent hospitalization, the full medical records of the girl from birth were reviewed by Alyssa Stephany, the medical director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine for Children.
Stephany claimed that Newman & # 39; false or misleading information & # 39; about her daughter's health had been provided to doctors in Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
& # 39; There is a high level of concern on the part of several medical care providers that the girl has fallen victim to & # 39; Munchausen syndrome & # 39 ;, said Stephany.
Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a mental illness in which a person – usually an adult – tries to get attention by seeking medical help from another person – usually a child – with exaggerated or fake symptoms.
Shown are some updates that Newman shared about her daughter's hospital admissions
Stephany discovered that the girl was & # 39; wrongly diagnosed and underwent several unfounded medical procedures, many of which posed a risk to her life & # 39 ;.
FIX IT: WHAT IS MUNCHAUSEN?
Munchausen by Proxy is a condition in which an adult invents medical conditions for his or her child, so that they can get attention or sympathy.
A dangerous aspect of this is how they can often cause symptoms in the child to better illustrate the lie.
Munchausen by Proxy is usually considered a serious form of child abuse.
Munchausen Syndrome is when a person will invent his own illness or illness for sympathy or attention.
Both are mental disorders.
Newman appeared in court on Tuesday, where a judge fixed her bond at $ 50,000.
After her interrogation, she turned to her husband – who was sitting in the gallery – and muttered the words & # 39; help me & # 39 ;, according to WITI.
Milaukee County, deputy prosecutor Matthew Torbenson, said that Newman her daughter by a & # 39; life-threatening, life-changing situation & # 39; has brought.
& # 39; This is a case that, in essence, involves a continuous line of conduct and violation that has lasted the entire life of this child, & # 39; he added.
Meanwhile, Newman & # 39; s lawyer Martin Pruhs claims that she was not deliberately trying to hurt her daughter.
& # 39; And I think that also says whether in this case she would continue to pose any potential danger to the alleged victim, & # 39; he added.
Newman is being held in the Milwaukee County prison. Her provisional hearing is 7 June.
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