DE - Stephanie McMullen for child endangerment, Bear, 2005

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A former pediatric nurse has been charged with trying to poison her toddler son by injecting human feces into his bloodstream.

    Stephanie McMullen, 29, was charged Thursday with assault and reckless endangerment counts and released on bail.

    Doctors at the hospital where McMullen worked alerted police that her 22-month-old son had been hospitalized six times since he was four months old for "serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses," acting police chief Lt. Col. Scott McLaren said.

    During one examination, doctors found E. coli, a bacteria found in feces, in the boy's bloodstream, and said the only way it could have entered the bloodstream was "through injection, not consumption."

    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/07/15/national/a113355D18.DTL
     
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  3. Rachael

    Rachael Team Rachael

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    I heard this on my local news (I live pretty close to the town this woman is from). How sad..poor baby! I hope they find her guilty and keep him away from her.
     
  4. blueclouds

    blueclouds Former member

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    Munchausen by Proxy syndrome no doubt. IT IS SO STRANGE that so many Munchausen cases are from mothers in the medical field. Poor little man.
     
  5. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    New Castle County police arrested a former pediatric nurse Thursday night, saying she tried to poison her 22-month-old son by injecting human feces into his bloodstream.

    Detectives charged Stephanie McMullen, 29, of the first block of Glennwood Drive in Bear, with felony assault by abuse or neglect for recklessly causing serious physical injury to a child and first-degree reckless endangering.

    McMullen, who faces a court hearing next Wednesday, is at home after her husband, Brian McMullen, posted $27,000 bail.

    Police said the boy's father is not a suspect in the case.

    Authorities said the boy was removed from the custody of his parents three months ago when the investigation began. He has been placed in foster care and is in good condition, police said. McMullen is scheduled to appear in Family Court next week to try to regain custody.

    Detectives also seized a computer in McMullen's home, which indicated that she had been researching child poisoning on the Internet.

    During a forensic analysis of the laptop, detectives say they discovered that McMullen, under the user name of "Stephanie," conducted a search for "bacteria, E.coli, incubation" on January 29.

    Two days later, her son was admitted to the hospital with fever and diarrhea.

    McLaren said the incident may be a case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a pattern of behavior in which caretakers deliberately exaggerate, fabricate or induce physical or psychological problems in others.

    Police said in court records that McMullen told detectives that "she exhibited traits of Munchausen disorder."

    http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050715/NEWS01/507150327/1006
     
  6. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    July 2006:

    http://wesm913.org/post/mother-trial-poisoning-son-stand#stream/0


    http://archive.delawareonline.com/article/20060629/NEWS/606290356/Accused-mom-testifies-abuse-trial


    http://www.wboc.com/story/5120706/mistrial-declared-in-trial-of-woman-accused-of-poisoning-son
     
  7. atm9533

    atm9533 Member

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    The article says the boy is now 3, he was almost 2 in 2005????
     
  8. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    June 2006 court opinion on whether experts should be allowed to testify during the trial that the child victim suffered from Pediatric Condition Falsification (they were allowed):

    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/de-superior-court/1287905.html



     
  9. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    January 2007:

    http://archive.delawareonline.com/article/20070113/NEWS/701130328/Woman-pleads-guilty-assaulting-son


    http://archive.delawareonline.com/a...mer-nurse-gets-3-months-prison-making-son-ill
     
  10. wendybtn

    wendybtn Active Member

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    I had no idea there was a successful treatment for Munchasen's by proxy. Nor have I heard of a parent who has this ever living with or visiting their child unsupervised ever again. Usually courts will terminate their parental rights.
     

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