As early as 2000, Laurie Williamson’s eldest son’s teacher began expressing concern about him as they watched a once-happy preschooler become thin and withdrawn. Williamson responded by withdrawing him from school and homeschooling all three of her children. By the time Williamson’s three children—Tom, Roger, and Chrissy—were 11, 9, and 6, they were on a host of medications for a long list of medical conditions and were extremely underweight, wheelchair-bound, and fed through feeding tubes. She kept them indoors in cool darkened rooms. Williamson claimed that the three children’s conditions were such that none would live past their teen years, and portrayed herself as a saint for caring for them. When some new friends became suspicious, they reported her to CPS and to local prosecutors. The three children were removed from the home, hospitalized, and weaned off of their medications. The year was 2006. Doctors found that all three were perfectly healthy, and that Williamson had been for years using a variety of methods to falsely convince doctors that her children were ill. Williamson was found guilty of child abuse and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Williamson was diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Date: March 2006
Location: Houston, Texas
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