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"Substantiated" Child Sexual Abuse

A shocking story, found in the court house records of a county in Arizona, and evidence of a frighteningly sick person at work.

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On Tue, 9 Apr 1996, Robert A. Hirschfeld wrote:

The closest I came to a Munchhausen-by-proxy in my former law practice was a father in Tucson, whose ex-wife squirted "ointment" containing semen (probably gathered from a used condom) into their 5-year-old son's rectum, and demanded the hospital take "rape kit" swabs, to falsely accuse the father of molestation. Ultimately, the father got sole custody and the mentally ill mother got supervised visitation. (1992)

Our expert witness on Munchhausen was Phoenix Psychiatrist Otto Bendheim.


Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 10:54:01 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Men's HOTLINE" 
Subject: Munchausen's Syndrome -Reply
To: "Men's HOTLINE" 

A cogent analysis of a perplexing abuse problem.

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 11:24:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: Men's Health Network 
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 09:42:24 +1000
From: Michael Ryan
To: Multiple recipients of list ABUSE-L;
Subject: Munchausen's Syndrome -Reply
Re Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

MSBP was described in the mid eighties by Professor Meadows an english Pediatrician. He wrote about the situation where a parent, usually the mother, fabricated illness in the child which resulted in extensive invasive medical investigations which found no medical cause for the condition.

For example a child would be presented with blood in its urine. A whole series of invasive tests would be negative. When the child was separated from the mother the sympotoms would not occur.

The mother presents the sick child in order to obtain attention to herself. MSBP is a a serious form of child abuse, with a high mortality and high morbidity.

Dr. Michael Ryan
The new Children's Hospital
Sydney Australia

Courtesy Men's HOTLINE.

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