Court dismisses appeals of two mothers

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1219
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Two mothers who were trying to get their children back from care have had their appeals dismissed.

    But in the first case, two paediatricians who were expert witnesses in a case involving a mother suspected of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy were wrong to conclude, in the absence of a medical explanation, that she had deliberately harmed her child, the Court of Appeal ruled last week.

    The child, who had a chromosomal abnormality and was in hospital for failure to thrive, had rigors 11 times while her mother, a paediatric nurse, was in the hospital. Four other experts had …

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