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Mother accused of killing son in “fabricated illness” case

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7478.1307-b (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1307
  1. Tim Wood
  1. London

    A mother fatally poisoned her ailing 9 year old son to death by putting salt in his feed while he was being treated in hospital, the prosecuting counsel told an Old Bailey jury last week.

    The prosecutor, Mr Nicholas Hilliard, alleged that Petrina Stocker, aged 42, had a rare syndrome whereby a person fabricates symptoms of illness in another. He alleged that Mrs Stocker also contaminated her son's urine samples with blood.

    Mrs Stocker denies putting …

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