Mother Accused Of Injuring Son After 323 Doctor's Visits And 13 Surgeries

Mom charged after healthy son had 13 major surgeries

Mom charged after healthy son had 13 major surgeries

According to him, Ms Bowen would tearfully tell judges: "The father doesn't need to be around because he doesn't know to take care of him". Officials allege Bowen taught her son to say he was sick.

Bowen is believed to suffer from a mental health condition called Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy which leaves parents making up illnesses their children have in a bid to receive medical care.

The paper reported that Bowen repeatedly took son Christopher to hospitals and doctors throughout the Dallas, Fort Worth area - since he was a two-year-old.

A report from CPS shows during a span of eight years, the boy has visited the doctor 323 times and undergone 13 "major" surgeries.

Dallas resident Ryan Crawford is seeking custody of his son Christopher, after police arrested his child's mother, his wife, on charges of injury to a child.

Bowen's father is now attempting to regain custody of his son, and he, along with his two siblings, are currently living with a foster family.

Bowen even went so far as to start crowdfunding pages to aid in his medical treatments and operations.

When Bowen wouldn't wean her son off his medication and medical equipment, staff in Dallas said they checked with Houston and contacted CPS.

"He nearly died three different times due to infections from the 13 different surgeries, so he has a ... he has a long road ahead of him".

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During the custody battle over Christopher, Crawford represented himself in the proceedings, telling the judge that Bowen was lying about their son's condition.

During doctor's visits, Bowen said her her son would violently "throw up" every time he drank milk.

Crawford said, "I tried over and over and over to convince people that my son wasn't sick and that she was manipulating the system".

CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said to NBC5, "Our primary concern is to make sure the children are in a safe place and healthy".

"I am very concerned that mother has moved from exaggerating symptoms to inducing symptoms", Dr. Suzanne Dakil told investigators during a review of the child's medical history.

"I need my son in my life and my son needs me in [his] life". This triggered an investigation by the CPS.

Crawford says he feels partially to blame for not putting a stop to the visits years ago. He said he began to wonder if her illnesses were valid or if she was just wanted attention, but nothing could have prepared for her behavior once the baby was born.

Crawford believes Bowen was financially driven by her actions, claiming she lived for free through her son's donations.

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