Attention-seeker lied that daughter was ill and subjected her to unnecessary medical procedures
A deceitful mother has been jailed after lying that her daughter was ill for four years in order to get attention.
Initially there were genuine concerns that the girl may have had epilepsy, but then the mother started to exaggerate the symptoms.
The girl ended up on epilepsy drugs she did not need and had to be weened off them. The mother, 41, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given an eight-month prison sentence.
The girl also had to spend time in hospital for observation and so that she could have a CT scan.
She exploited her young daughter through medical procedures and examinations for epilepsy despite her not being ill at all.
Judge Graham Knowles QC said: ‘What she did is incomprehensible to most people especially parents. It’s as a result of her desire to be noticed and to have sympathy.
‘You used your own daughter as a means for getting what you want without any care whatsoever about the effects on her. The attention you got bolstered your self esteem.’
The mother also told people in Blackpool that she was a victim of multiple crimes.
However, she then alleged she had been receiving hate mail from a stranger in January 2016 so police started investigating.
They saw her put a letter on her own doorstep and the penny dropped that she had been lying.
She admitted cruelty to her daughter between January 2012 and 2016 and her daughter has now been taken into care.
Health professionals also concerned, noting that the mother was the only person who seemed to witness any fits.
Prosecutor Paul Brookwell said there had at first been genuine concerns for the girl and the defendant had believed she could have epilepsy.
He said: ‘The child’s school was contacted and questions were asked, and it transpired there was no evidence from the school of any of these symptoms being witnessed by any of the school staff.
‘This is a condition which can only be diagnosed from observations made – namely observations that the defendant made.’
The child’s father said that now she was no longer on medication their daughter had grown in confidence.