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Mother found guilty in case of fabricated illness

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:497
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Procedures at the United Kingdom's leading children's hospital have been tightened after a mother killed her 9 year old son by spiking his hospital drip feed bottles with salt despite 24 hour nursing surveillance.

    Petrina Stocker, aged 42, was sentenced to five years in prison last week for the manslaughter of her son David at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, in what the court was told was a case of fabricated or induced illness, formerly known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

    Ms Stocker had been suspected earlier of tampering with David's urine and vomit samples in a bid to …

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