19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy
Dee Dee Blanchard is not the only famous case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Even though the Dee Dee Blanchard case blew up in the media more than any other Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, there are other notable cases. Lacey Spears killed her son by feeding him dangerous levels of salt after she researched the effects of high salt intake. She was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter and received 20 years to life in prison. Julie Gregory wrote a memoir titled Sickened in 2003 about dealing with a mother with Munchausen syndrome by proxy. In the memoir, she describes how her mother taught her to play up the sick role. She told her to exaggerate symptoms and act sicker than she is. Her mother encouraged doctors to give Julie multiple invasive surgeries even though she was not actually ill.