DALLAS - A woman who records show took her 8-year-old son to Texas hospitals and pediatric centers more than 320 times has been arrested and charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury.
Investigators think the case is one of Munchhausen syndrome by proxy, a mental disorder in which a caregiver makes up an illness or injury to get medical care.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 34-year-old Kaylene Bowen-Wright remained in Dallas County jail Wednesday on $150,000 bond after her Dec. 6 arrest.
Child Protective Services says her son Christopher was seen 323 times at hospitals and pediatric centers in Dallas and Houston and underwent 13 major surgeries between 2009 and 2016. At various points, he was placed on oxygen fulltime, used a wheelchair, and was outfitted with a feeding tube that lead to life-threatening blood infections. Court documents revealed that Bowen placed Christopher in hospice care, and tried to have him placed on a lung transplant list.
CPS removed him from Bowen-Wright's care last month after it was alerted by a Dallas hospital where medical staff determined he didn't have cancer or many of the symptoms Bowen reported.
The boy and his half-siblings are now in foster care. Christopher's father says he tried alerting authorities about Bowen and even took her to court, but the father claims the courts sided with Bowen.
“It was always the same story: Christopher is dying,” Crawford told The Star-Telegram.“The father doesn’t need to be around because he doesn’t know how to take care of him. Every time I went to court, they made me feel like I was the worst human ever.” Crawford says he was stripped of his visitation rights because he would not accept that his son was dying.
Health experts say mothers who have the disorder, "tend to be master deceivers and liars," said Dr. Marc Feldman. "They're very skilled at what they do."