A Texas mother was arrested for six years for forging her son’s illnesses and making him get medical treatments and surgeries he did not require.
Kaylene Bowen-Wright was convicted on Friday in a Dallas courtroom after she pleaded guilty in August to recklessly cause injury to a child.
Investigators told Bowen-Wright’s son, Christopher Bowen, spent the first eight years of his life in and out of the hospital because she alleged he had a number of health problems such as cancer, heart problems, seizures, etc.
Christopher, who is now 10, was exposed to radiation, got sepsis multiple times and experienced blood clots from the unnecessary treatments, the NBC station reports. Bowen-Wright had doctors embed a feeding tube and had him utilizing a wheelchair.
The little boy attended hospitals more than 320 times and had 13 surgeries.
He was separated from his mother’s home in 2017 after a hospital in Dallas notified to Child Protective Services that Christopher was not sick as she had claimed. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth states that Bowen-Wright experiences from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental health situation where a caregiver makes up symptoms of an illness for a person in their care.
Bowen-Wright initially faced up to 20 years in jail.
Ryan Crawford, Christopher’s father, claimed Friday that he wasted years with his son as Bowen-Wright took him back and forth to the hospital.
Christopher is now in the custody of his father and is told to be happy and thriving.