Mother took son’s blood

The Weekend Post - - World -

A DAN­ISH court on Thurs­day sen­tenced a mother to four years in jail for ag­gra­vated abuse for hav­ing un­nec­es­sar­ily drawn a half-litre (one pint) of blood from her son weekly for five years.

A trained nurse, the 36year-old woman be­gan draw­ing her son’s blood when he was 11 months old, av­er­ag­ing about once a week for the next five years.

A court-or­dered psy­chi­atric re­port said she suf­fers from Mun­chausen syn­drome by proxy, a men­tal con­di­tion where care­givers make a child ill to at­tract at­ten­tion to them­selves.

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