A shocking update leaked yesterday about the children from the popular docu-series “Born Schizophrenic.” Jani and Bodhi Schofield were removed from their mother’s custody in March after their father Michael accused her of exaggerating the kid’s health conditions. According to the leak, Jani Schofield may not have schizophrenia after all.
For months, the Schofield custody case has been bound by a gag order. The judge enforced the rule shortly after the state placed the kids in the custody of child protective services. CPS removed Jani and Bodhi from Susan’s custody after she appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil.
During the episode, Susan Schofield admitted to taking her son Bodhi to over 50 doctors in an attempt to obtain a diagnosis of schizophrenia for him. Michael suggested to Dr.Phil that he believed his ex-wife had Munchausen-by-proxy. Susan wanted Bodhi to be on a potent cocktail of antipsychotics because the drugs worked well for her daughter Jani.
For years, Susan and Michael shared the journey of Jani Schofield. Michael wrote a book about raising a daughter with schizophrenia. The family appeared on a docu-series on Discovery titled “Born Schizophrenic.” Both Oprah and Dr. Phil interviewed the family in 2012 and discussed the challenges of raising a child with schizophrenia.
Through media exposure, Susan and Michael Schofield explained that Jani lived in a different world. The parents insisted their daughter hallucinated. Additionally, they discussed that several of the hallucinations were animals that only Jani could see.
During the Dr. Phil episode, the world saw for the first time that Susan Schofield might be exaggerating her children’s symptoms. In fact. Dr. Charles Sophy, the medical director for the Los Angeles Department of Family and Child Services, told Susan he believed she was causing some of the children’s issues.
Within weeks of the episode airing, CPS removed the children from Susan Schofield. After the removal of the children, the kids were placed in temporary foster care. Michael Schofield told Without a Crystal Ball in an interview that he approved the county’s request for a psychological evaluation.
Days later, the parents faced off in court to discuss the children’s custody. During that hearing, the judge enforced a gag order preventing the parents from speaking publically about their children.
However, the gag order has not prevented sources connected to the family from leaking information on the website KiwiFarms. Yesterday a shocking update revealed by a source connected to the family that the children were no longer on any medications.
In fact, the leaker stated that doctors weaned Jani Schofield off all the medications she had taken for years. Additionally, the source noted that the teenager showed no signs of having schizophrenia.
“Susan’s threatened Jani’s caretakers with lawsuits, claiming Jani is being abused and is unsafe where she’s at..
Shes also refused to comply with requested court orders. At this point its voluntary, but she made a demand that the kids be returned to her BEFORE she undergoes any medical evaluation…
The kids are not currently together but both are doing fine. Jani remains off all medication, and so far has not displayed any symptoms of schizophrenia. Other than an occasional PRN, Bodhi is also off all medication.”
After seeing the leak, a source connected to the family confirmed the information to Without a Crystal Ball. Additionally, the source said Jani has been thriving since doctors weaned her medications.
Another point the source made was that the court is working toward family reunification. However, numerous issues need to be addressed by Susan before the children are returned. The source said that Susan has not consented to a psychological evaluation and does not believe she did anything wrong.
The turn of events is shocking, considering the family’s claim to fame was Jani’s diagnosis of schizophrenia. Susan Schofield sold her story to millions of people through reality television, interviews, and a book. Michael Schofield’s book about his daughter was a New York Times Best Seller.
Now all of that appears to be a lie. There are so many questions remaining regarding Jani’s condition.
How did Susan get a doctor to diagnose Jani with schizophrenia?
Why did it take CPS more than a decade to intervene and remove her?
Why have no criminal charges been filed against Susan for medically harming her children?
As more details unfold, Without a Crystal Ball will keep you updated.
Watch my stream for more details on how Susan is responding to the news:
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