As parents, we have a responsibility to take care of our children. We want them to be as healthy and happy as possible. That's why parents do whatever they can to ensure that they're not sick or injured. But what happens when this kind of care goes way too far? Or worse, the mom uses care as a way to hurt her children?
35-year-old Kaylene Bowen-Wright of North Texas was arrested for recklessly causing injury to her child. Now, this past Thursday in a Dallas County courtroom, Bowen-Wright pleaded guilty for the aforementioned case. She faces two to 20 years in prison for this second-degree felony and is also probation eligible. Whether this case was caused due to Munchausen syndrome by proxy or not remains to be seen.
According to official documents, Bowen-Wright's then eight-year-old son Christopher has visited the hospitals and pediatric centers a total of 323 times for 13 major surgeries between 2009 and 2016. Bowen-Wright had her son fitted with a feeding tube for his small intestine, which consequently led to many life-threatening blood infections. In addition, she tried to put him on the lung transplant waitlist and even managed to put him in hospice care.
Christopher's father, Ryan Crawford, tried for many years to convince the family court judges in Dallas County that his son wasn't sick whatsoever. Unfortunately for both him and Christopher, the courts believed Bowden-Wright instead. In fact, one judge went so far as to prohibiting Crawford from visiting his then three-year-old son.
It took Dallas hospital staff mentioning their concerns to CPS for anything to finally happen. In November of 2017, an eight-year-old Christopher was removed from his mother's care by CPS. His two half-siblings were also removed. Crawford has custody of Christopher and is the person allowed to make decisions on his son's behalf- including what medical treatment he receives.
According to Crawford, Christopher- now ten- is a healthy boy. He does extremely well in school and is also quite the athlete. Most importantly, he has a clean bill of health. His only trips to the doctor these days are for his yearly physical. Crawford is clearly happy about the positive changes in his son. But he also explained that he wants cases like Bowden-Wright's to gain more attention.
“Medical abuse is under reported every day,” Crawford revealed. “Now its time to move forward and make sure no child has to suffer the abuse my son endured.”