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Dallas mother sentenced to six years in prison for faking son’s illnesses

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For years, Ryan Crawford tried to convince judges that his son Christopher was healthy, despite the child’s mother’s claims that he was ill. On Friday, Crawford was finally vindicated.

A judge sentenced the boy’s mother, Kaylene Bowen-Wright, to six years in prison, months after she admitted having lied about illnesses she’d said the 10-year-old suffered from for the majority of his life.

Bowen-Wright, 36, previously pleaded guilty to injury to a child causing serious bodily injury after confessing to subjecting the child, Christopher Bowen, to multiple unneeded surgeries throughout his life.

Police arrested Bowen-Wright in late 2017 after medical professionals noticed signs of medical child abuse and made a complaint to Child Protective Services.

Officials removed the mother’s three children from her home, including Christopher, who has been in his father’s custody ever since.

Christopher underwent 13 major surgeries and had 323 visits to the doctor during the course of the abuse, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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The doctor visits began when Christopher was an infant, his father testified in front of Judge Ernest White on Friday. At first, Bowen-Wright said Christopher — who was born prematurely — had an issue drinking milk. The alleged illnesses evolved into more serious conditions over time as the mother isolated Crawford from his son, the father said.

“[She would] just always say that something’s wrong with Christopher all the time,” Crawford testified. “It was just one thing after another.”

Prosecutors showed multiple Facebook messages from Bowen-Wright in which she claimed Christopher had cancer or wasn’t expected to live past the age of 4 or 5. She claimed on multiple occasions that doctors said her son had only a few months to live, prosecutors said.

The mother even started multiple GoFundMe campaigns for her son, and had trips sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He lived with a feeding tube for the majority of his life, and spent portions of his life in a wheelchair.

He was a healthy child the entire time.

Attorneys suggested Bowen-Wright suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a disorder in which a caretaker creates and exaggerates fake illnesses for a person in their care. It usually affects a mother and leads to the abuse of a child, Dr. Catherine Ayoub, a medical expert, testified Friday.

Heath Hyde, Bowen-Wright’s attorney, asked the judge to sentence his client to probation, arguing that therapy is the preferred solution over jail time.

Ryan Crawford (left) answered questions from Heath Hyde while on the stand during a hearing for Kaylene Bowen-Wright in the 194th District Court at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, on Friday. Bowen-Wright has admitted to subjecting her son Christopher Bowen to unnecessary surgeries, medical treatments and hospital visits over the course of eight years.
Ryan Crawford (left) answered questions from Heath Hyde while on the stand during a hearing for Kaylene Bowen-Wright in the 194th District Court at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, on Friday. Bowen-Wright has admitted to subjecting her son Christopher Bowen to unnecessary surgeries, medical treatments and hospital visits over the course of eight years.(Vernon Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Prosecutors, however, argued that therapy alone isn’t a viable remedy. Lead prosecutor Jennifer Sawyer asked Judge White to sentence Bowen-Wright to at least eight years in prison — the length of time she subjected her son to the unnecessary surgeries

“She stole Christopher’s childhood,” Sawyer said in closing arguments. “Not only for Christopher, but from his father.”

Sawyer said the mother’s abuse extended far beyond just Christopher. The fake illnesses also harmed Christopher’s siblings, who were led to believe their brother was dying. The abuse also reached the child’s friends and support network, Sawyer said.

“It’s hard to even say where her victims stop,” Sawyer said.

Crawford, Christopher’s father, was emotional after the judge’s decision. Tears formed in his eyes as he realized he no longer had to prove his son was being victimized. His son finally had justice, he said.

“I’m glad there was a judge that was able to stand up for Christopher,” Crawford said.
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Re: Dallas mother sentenced to six years in prison for faking son’s illnesses

And what's the doctor's role in this where they performed surgeries and administered all kinds of invasive treatments on a clearly healthy child? What kind of doctor can look at a child and not know it's healthy just through a series of blood tests and non-invasive diagnostic methods?

Munchousen's mom's only exist because PoS doctors exist to enable them.
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And what's the doctor's role in this where they performed surgeries and administered all kinds of invasive treatments on a clearly healthy child? What kind of doctor can look at a child and not know it's healthy just through a series of blood tests and non-invasive diagnostic methods?

Munchousen's mom's only exist because PoS doctors exist to enable them.
While the mom is definitely a huge POS and deserves a maximum sentence, she’s probably just some dumb lazy broad who happened to get knocked and had a kid. The bitch is probably legitimately low IQ and selfish so exploiting her kid for benefits isnt too out of the ordinary.

What blows my mind are the doctors that allow this shit to happen... you mean to tell me you have almost a decade of schooling on top of years in the field under your belt but you cant be bothered to do basic blood tests and other non invasive measures? Im so confused as to how doctors allowed this to happen
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What blows my mind are the doctors that allow this shit to happen... you mean to tell me you have almost a decade of schooling on top of years in the field under your belt but you cant be bothered to do basic blood tests and other non invasive measures? Im so confused as to how doctors allowed this to happen
6 years coincides pretty well with my observations around the rise of Social Media and Facebook attention whoring that has allowed such people to exist as well ... cuz these mom groups are *very* *very* cancerous in some of the shit they say and peddle.

But ok, regular people are not literate, and usually at the mercy of their doctors even when they're not active medical abusers ... so a lot of responsibility is in the hands of the practitioners themselves. I need to know more about these surgeries and shit and I have a feeling that there are probably holistic/hemeopathic and chiropractic kinds of snake oil salesman involved her ... probably? (I'm just guessing).

There has to be some blame to be placed on the assholes (and I'm guessing it was probably 1 at meast 2-4 primaries) who subjected the poor child to this much torture. If she was able to pay for all this shit out of pocket without insurance (and she might have through gofundme's and exploiting charities), then financial motives are *definitely* a thing here.

This is a case of malpractice, but nothing's gonna come of it.


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More details from a 2017 Huffpost article:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mothe...b01d429cc736df

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“Christopher has trouble breathing so basically, his lungs ― and body ― doesn’t get the oxygen it needs, so he gets tired,” she told CW33 TV. “He can’t play as long as the normal kids.”

The interview was conducted during a bike rally intended to raise $30,000 for Christopher’s care.

“We don’t know how long Christopher will live,” Bowen-Wright said.
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The following year, a friend of Bowen-Wright’s used GoFundMe to raise $610 so Christopher could go to the beach. According to the fundraiser page, Christopher had been diagnosed with cancer and had just six months to live.
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Later, when Christopher was a kindergartner at White Rock Elementary School in Lake Highlands, a YouCaring campaign was organized by a group of friends and supporters. By the time it ended, the campaign had raised roughly $8,000 “to help young Christopher and his family as they struggle against a disease that is slowly ending his life.”
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the boy’s father, was busy trying to convince Dallas County family court judges that Christopher was not actually sick, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Crawford claims that until recently, he had not been permitted to see his son since 2012.
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Crawford claims Child Protective Services also ignored his suspicions. The agency reportedly claims to have no record of him contacting them.
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The court documents indicate that CPS received a report from a doctor in November 2015, saying that testing had failed to find anything wrong with Christopher. The doctor, according to the report, suspected possible medical child abuse.
Eventually, it was some doctors who realized what was going on. So there's that. She over-played her hand. But 4 years the child was subjected to abuse by preceding doctors ... Father was ignored for years, even by CPS ...

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