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Why would some one do this?

AUSTIN (KXAN) - An Austin woman is charged with injury to a child, a first-degree felony, after a hospital surveillance video caught her putting feces into her 3-year-old child's feeding tube.
Dell Children's Hospital admitted the 3-year-old girl on April 15 with high fever and long history of chronic diarrhea. During her stay, the hospital staff became suspicious of her mother, later identified as Emily McDonald, 23.
The little girl was being treated for serious infections caused by unusual organisms which can be found in feces and the hospital was unsure how she was getting these infections during her hospital stay. So, the hospital staff decided to place a surveillance camera inside the child's room.

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Asked by MaryJane849 at 9:44 AM on Jun. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The hospital watched the surveillance video and found McDonald putting fecal matter on her finger from the child's diaper and rubbing it on the inside of her child's feeding tube. These types of actions are life-threatening to the child, as they could cause sepsis.
    Hospital staff called the child abuse unit of the Austin Police Department and alerted them of the situation. When the police arrived, McDonald confessed to manipulating her daughter's feeding tube by wiping the end of it with feces. McDonald admitted to doing this five times during her daughter's stay at the hospital.

    Answer by MaryJane849 at 9:44 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • Another heartbreaking story. My faith in humanity dwindles every day.

    Answer by JackalsWife at 9:46 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • the Devil really has a hold on people in my opinion, thats the only way my mind can wrap around a mother doing this.

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 9:46 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • She has a mental disorder known as Munchausen By Proxy. It causes mom's to deliberately make their kids sick, because the mom can then get sympathy and attention.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 9:52 AM on Jun. 5, 2009


    Munchausen by proxy syndrome, it's sick sick sick sick.

    Answer by ajguinn at 9:59 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • I can not imagine people doing this to there children. They truly have to be sick in the head to even ever imagine to do such a thing. That poor little girl!

    Answer by KehoeFamily at 10:10 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • A person that has so much hate and selfishness to harm a child (her own child esp.) would eventually harm others as well. This kind of behavior deserves going to jail for a long time. Her own parents should be shot for lacking to teach her certain common tools of character. Unless of course she has always been mentally ill, which I might suspect is a problem with her.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 10:18 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • Shes obviously mentally ill.. This is just freaking disgusting. <3

    Answer by BEXi at 10:26 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • Probably Munchhausen syndrome (spelling?) It's were you secretly harm your child to get attention from doctors, nurses, etc. The lady needs psychiatric help good thing they caught her when they did, poor baby.


    Answer by mommy-perks at 10:26 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • Munchhausen is a behavior, not an illness like doctors would like to say. Any woman who is a mother that can harm her child knowingly, willingly is pathetic. Fortunately, for her and many like her, humans won't react to her like animals that live in the wild in packs, would do.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 10:36 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

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