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Mom allegedly forced son to undergo ‘unnecessary’ medical procedures

According to authorities, a mother in Pennsylvania forced her 8-year-old son to undergo a slew of unnecessary medical procedures, including an appendectomy and colonoscopy.

After East Pennsboro Township police received a report of suspected child abuse due to Munchausen syndrome by proxy in September 2019, Christine Marie Maxwell, 48, is facing charges of aggravated assault of a victim under the age of 13, according to department officials.

Maxwell, of Enola, is accused of fabricating her son’s symptoms and illnesses, causing him to endure unnecessary “many medical procedures and tests,” according to police.

According to an affidavit of probable cause acquired by PennLive.com, the kid told detectives, “My mom informs me when I’m sick.”

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According to the affidavit, Maxwell, who was accused in November, subjected the youngster to treatments such as an electrocardiogram, an appendectomy, a colonoscopy, ultrasounds, repeated blood draws, and pulmonary function testing.

Despite doctors informed Maxwell that her son was developing normally, the surgeries were conducted. A biopsy on the boy’s skin was completed after she insisted he developed bug bites and needed a bronchoscopy due to “barky coughs and fevers,” according to the affidavit.

In court filings, police stated, “A biopsy is an invasive operation that is absolutely unneeded and puts him at risk of pain, scarring, infection, and bleeding.”

A bronchoscopy, though, needs patients to be sedated and carries dangers like respiratory depression and a perforated airway, cops added.

According to court filings, both completed tests revealed that Maxwell’s son was healthy.

According to PennLive.com, the youngster was taken from Maxwell’s custody after detectives received the original report in September 2019. Since then, he has been in good health, and his father is now in charge of his medical treatment.

In the affidavit, detectives stated that “this abusive behavior has damaged [the boy’s] development by limiting his activities, making him to feel he is ill when he is not, and forcing him to miss school days unnecessarily.”

None of the diagnoses Maxwell’s son ultimately received needed “such an extensive amount of consultation” from numerous doctors and specialists, cops said.

A judge set Maxwell’s unsecured bail at $20,000 last month, court records show. She’s due in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 2. A message seeking comment from her attorney was not immediately returned early Wednesday.

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