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Texas mom, 27, is accused of Munchausen by Proxy after being caught on hospital surveillance video 'faking her 11-month-old baby boy's seizures and vomiting episodes'

 A Texas mother has been accused of having Munchausen by Proxy syndrome after doctors say she was caught on video faking her 11-month-old son's seizures and vomiting episodes while he was hospitalized on and off for nearly 100 days. 

Kaleigh Flanagan, 27, was arrested and charged last Friday with bodily injury to a child after authorities say she lied to hospital staff in Fort Worth about her son's condition.  

Her son, as a result of Flanagan's claims about his condition, had a nasal-gastric tube inserted into his esophagus while he was in and out of care at the Cook Children's Medical Center. 


In total, the baby boy has spent 98 days in hospital since he was born.

Munchausen by Proxy is a condition where an adult will invent medical conditions for their child. It is typically considered a form of child abuse and a mental illness.

In addition to the 11-month-old boy, Flanagan also has twin seven-year-old daughters. 

Kaleigh Flanagan, 27, was arrested and charged last Friday with bodily injury to a child after authorities say she lied to staff at the Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas about her son's condition

Kaleigh Flanagan, 27, was arrested and charged last Friday with bodily injury to a child after authorities say she lied to staff at the Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas about her son's condition

Authorities say Flanagan's son was admitted to the hospital back in December after she told hospital staff that he wasn't keeping his medication down. 

The boy had earlier been prescribed anti-seizure medication after Flanagan said he had been suffering from the frequently and a subsequent MRI showed slightly abnormal results.

According to her arrest affidavit, obtained by the Star-Telegram, Flanagan had requested her son be given the nasal-gastric tube in hospital so he could be given his medication. 

Her son was given the tube on January 15.

She took her son to the hospital's emergency department on January 16 and January 24 so staff could replace the tube after the boy had ripped it out or it was clogged. 

During one of those visits, Flanagan allegedly told nurses that she could only feed her son a portion of what he needed because he kept throwing up. 

Doctors began to suspect Flanagan was lying about her son's condition after a nurse said she was able to feed the boy without any issues, a follow up MRI showed normal results and hospital staff say they never witnessed the child having a seizure. 

In February, hospital staff decided to keep the boy in a hospital room that had a hidden camera in a bid to observe Flanagan's interactions with her son without her knowing.

Flanagan was allegedly caught multiple times on video splashing her shirt with water moments before telling nurses that her son had vomited and suffered seizures. 

The footage never showed her son vomiting, according to the affidavit. 

Authorities started investigating Flanagan for medical child abuse that month after doctors reported her to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

In an interview with a Tarrant County Sheriff's Office detective at the hospital on February 5, Flanagan allegedly said her son and twin seven-year-old daughters had a number of health issues.   

When told about the hospital room surveillance video, Flanagan allegedly admitted to the detective that her son hadn't vomited during his stay. 

She did, however, say that her son had suffered a seizure and that one of her friends had witnessed him having one when he was younger. 

Flanagan's son has since been taken off the seizure medication. 

She also claimed one of her daughter had been treated for cancer in California but couldn't provide the name of the doctor, the affidavit said.  

During the investigation, detectives spoke to the principal of the school Flanagan's daughters attend.

The principal said Flanagan had been allegedly caught lying on multiple occasions. 

Flanagan once allegedly blamed her daughters missing school on her son having a brain tumor.

She also allegedly once sent them to school with neck braces because they had been in a car accident and shaved off their hair because of head lice. 

The boy and twin girls, who have different fathers, were subsequently removed from Flanagan's care are currently in foster homes. 

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