Mother Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Poisoning Daughter with Tylenol

Mother Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Poisoning Daughter with Tylenol October 8, 2018

A court sentenced a Florida mother to 12 years in prison for poisoning her infant daughter. Shauna Taylor, of Macclenny, Florida, gave birth to the infant in November 2012. By winter 2013, she took the girl to the hospital three separate times. Doctors say Taylor exaggerated and falsified symptoms of the girl. During the third visit, the baby went into liver failure for unexplained reasons. Through an investigation, Doctors and authorities learned she had Munchausen-by-proxy.

When Taylor gave birth to the girl in November 2012, the infant was born prematurely. After spending around three months in the hospital, the staff released the baby to Taylor. Following the infant’s release, Taylor returned to the hospital three times with the infant. The first two visits doctors felt the symptoms were exaggerated by Taylor.

However, the situation changed on the Taylor’s third trip to the emergency room. She said her daughter was having issues breathing and eating. This time the 3-month-old was showing signs of liver failure. Doctors performed multiple invasive medical tests to determine the cause of the failure.

The same time they searched for an answer, concerned friends of Taylor’s contacted an anonymous child abuse hotline. They told the hotline that Taylor had a history of abusing her children and has Munchausen-by-proxy.

Munchausen-by-proxy or medical child abuse is a mental illness where a caregiver acts like a child is sick when they are not sick. Individuals will often manipulate or harm the child to make them appear ill to medical staff. People with this disorder need for their child to be sick.

Victims of Munchausen-by-proxy are generally under the age of 6 years old. Their abusers’ are most often their mothers.

After authorities received the reports, they looked into the allegations against Taylor. They located a GoFundMe set up to help with medical expenses for the girl. Police also learned she had a history of medical child abuse. Court records showed her parental rights were terminated for her other nine children.

When they learned of the information, they tested the child for poisons that could damage the liver. The child’s iron levels were extremely high. Doctors determined the mother was using Tylenol to poison the girl. Police told New4Jax in August 2018 that Taylor gave the infant Tylenol in the hospital. Under hospital supervision and observation, the infant’s health improved.

Following the investigation, police arrested Taylor. Then a jury convicted her of aggravated child abuse and child neglect. The conviction carried a maximum penalty of 45 years for Taylor. Unfortunately, in this case, the judge only sentenced Taylor to 12 years of prison and 15 years of probation.

According to reports, the girl now almost six years old is doing well. Taylor no longer has custody of any of her ten children. For now, the children are safe from their mother.

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  • Prison is a terribly unethical solution to dealing with people having serious mental illnesses. No doubt this woman needs to be separated from any position of control over children. No doubt her actions have to have consequences. But prison? I think people in the not-too-distant future will look back on us as barbarians for things like this.

  • Jim Jones

    > Prison is a terribly unethical solution to dealing with people having serious mental illnesses.

    Prison is how the US deals with people having serious mental illnesses, despite the fact that it is ineffective and costly. Thanks, Reagan.

    Ronald Reagan’s shameful legacy: Violence, the homeless, mental illness – Salon.com

    As president and governor of California, the GOP icon led the worst policies on mental illness in generations

    One month prior to the election, President Carter had signed the Mental Health Systems Act, which had proposed to continue the federal community mental health centers program, although with some additional state involvement. Consistent with the report of the Carter Commission, the act also included a provision for federal grants “for projects for the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of positive mental health,” an indication of how little learning had taken place among the Carter Commission members and professionals at NIMH. With President Reagan and the Republicans taking over, the Mental Health Systems Act was discarded before the ink had dried and the CMHC funds were simply block granted to the states. The CMHC program had not only died but been buried as well. An autopsy could have listed the cause of death as naiveté complicated by grandiosity.

    President Reagan never understood mental illness. Like Richard Nixon, he was a product of the Southern California culture that associated psychiatry with Communism. Two months after taking office, Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, a young man with untreated schizophrenia. Two years later, Reagan called Dr. Roger Peele, then director of St. Elizabeths Hospital, where Hinckley was being treated, and tried to arrange to meet with Hinckley, so that Reagan could forgive him. Peele tactfully told the president that this was not a good idea. Reagan was also exposed to the consequences of untreated mental illness through the two sons of Roy Miller, his personal tax advisor. Both sons developed schizophrenia; one committed suicide in 1981, and the other killed his mother in 1983. Despite such personal exposure, Reagan never exhibited any interest in the need for research or better treatment for serious mental illness.

    Not Even a Hedgehog

    The stupidity of Ronald Reagan.

    By Christopher Hitchens

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2004/06/not_even_a_hedgehog.html