TW: mentions of child abuse. In a case that resembles the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard who suffered from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a Texas woman has been arrested and accused of faking numerous illnesses for her 4-year-old son. The boy had allegedly been to the doctor more than 200 times and had 70 different prescriptions.
Thirty-year-old Megan Michelle Gee was arrested last week on a count of felony serious bodily injury to a child. The Star-Telegram reports that Michael Weber, an investigator with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office took on the case last May and noted that in addition to the numerous doctor’s visits and prescription orders the child had also spent a third of his life in either a hospital or medical facility and even had a gastric feeding tube inserted.
Texas mom accused of making up toddler’s medical problems, forcing unneeded surgery https://t.co/KLrI2zJj7r— Fort Worth Star-Telegram (@startelegram) September 30, 2019
Weber noted in his affidavit that numerous doctors told him that the boy didn't appear to exhibit many of the symptoms of the illnesses that Gee described him having.
In March 2016 doctors inserted a feeding tube into the boy after Gee stated that her son had trouble eating and would often get sick after, NBC reported. However, the arrest warrant stated that just a few months before that a different doctor had reported that he was suspicious of Gee and thought she may be making up symptoms.
The following year in 2017 the boy was removed from his mother's care and placed in a foster home after doctors filed another report claiming Gee was "falsifying seizure activity." The boy's foster family noted that the toddler seemed healthy.
Texas woman faces criminal charge after she allegedly faked her 4-year-old son's medical issues, which involved over 200 visits to doctors and over 70 prescriptions. https://t.co/NERFnMme7a— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 1, 2019
The Star-Telegram reports that three different doctors "filed reports with CPS alleging Gee was medically abusing her son between 2016 and 2017." Dr. Lyn Hunt who was one of the boy's doctors spoke to the Star-Telegram and said she has seen between 15 and 20 cases of Munchausen by Proxy in her 38 years working at Cook Children’s Hospital.
“It’s difficult as a pediatrician because you rely on the parents’ statements about what’s going on with their child,” she said. “And if the parent is not honest, then you may do things that are not necessary to try and help the child.”
According to the affidavit, investigators suspect that Gee is suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a condition that was most recently made public after the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard was made into an award-winning mini-series. Gypsy Rose is currently in prison for her role in the death of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard who was also accused of suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy and making Gypsy fake multiple illnesses.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services told NBC that it can't release any information on the current state of the case because "DFPS investigations are confidential by law."