Mothers know best, that’s what they say. But not Kaylene Bowen, 35, from Dallas, Texas. Recently, Bowen, mother of Christopher who is now 10 years old, was accused of putting their healthy son through 13 major surgeries. She also made him endure more than 320 visits to the doctor during the first eight years of his life. On August 15, Bowen pleaded guilty and will face up to 20 years in jail for second-degree felony.
Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, reported that Bowen already lost custody of Christopher and two younger half-siblings to Texas Child Protective Services on November 2017. After undergoing several unnecessary and painful medical tests, Christopher has recovered, his father Ryan Crawford happily announced. He is doing well at school now and has become very athletic.
|Kaylene Bowen / Photo by: Dallas County Sheriff's Office via Unilad|
According to reports, Bowen, who also goes by the last name Wright, claimed that her son was suffering from several serious conditions. She started and was part of several fundraisers that claimed Christopher was dying, exaggerating and lying about his health. Bowen said that her son had a rare genetic disorder, Arteriovenous malformation, and cancer. Aside from that, the mother was also accused of feeding her son through a tube that went directly into his small intestine, leading to multiple life-threatening blood infections.
Although Crawford tried to convince the Dallas County family court that his son was not sick, the authorities believed Bowen more. One judge even prohibited him to visit Christopher, who was only three at that time. Actions were only made when a medical staff from Dallas hospital reported the medical reports of the child to police, showing that he had been seen 323 times at hospitals and pediatric centers and had undergone 13 major surgeries between 2009 and 2016.
It was believed that Bowen is suffering from Munchhausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological condition where a caregiver lies about, exaggerates, or makes up medical conditions in a child to get attention. In an interview, Crawford said: “I am happy that she decided to do the right thing. Eventually, the lies had to stop. Now, Hopefully, those who thought a mother could never do this to their child will see evil does exist.”
|Bowen with her son (face blurred for security purposes) / Photo by: YouCaring via Unilad|