Mother-of-10, suffering with Munchausens by proxy, gets 12 years in prison for poisoning her baby girl with Tylenol
40-year-old Shauna Dee Taylor was sentenced to 12 years in prison as well as 15 years of probation for aggravated child abuse and child neglect.
A Florida mother-of-ten who allegedly suffers from Munchausen's by proxy, has been convicted of aggravated child abuse and child neglect for continually poisoning her daughter with Tylenol and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The 40-year-old Shauna Dee Taylor was also ordered to 15 years probation after her release from prison.
Taylor was convicted this past August, with the sentencing bringing closure to a shocking case. She had given birth to a premature baby girl in November 2012 and was eventually handed care of her in February 2013. It is here that she began poisoning the baby with Tylenol, an over-the-counter analgesic — a class of drug used to relieve pain — used to treat minor aches and pains, as well as reduce fever.
The 40-year-old is said to have taken her daughter to the hospital on three separate occasions with exaggerated conditions for treatment. According to the Daily Mail, on the first visit, she claimed the baby's breathing monitor had tripped 113 times. Doctors, however, found no breathing issues. For her second visit, she said the child had "increased apnea and loose watery stools", but tests found nothing untoward once again.
It was during her third visit that her daughter suffered liver failure. She had brought the child to the hospital because of "eating issues", with tests showing that the girl had high levels of iron, as well as liver abnormalities. While the child was undergoing treatment, anonymous tips made to the child abuse hotline raised suspicions that Taylor was mistreating the child.
The source who raised the concern claimed that the 40-year-old had Munchausen's by proxy — a mental illness and a form of child abuse where the caretaker fakes the symptoms or causes real symptoms to make their child appear sick — and that she was poisoning her little girl.
Investigations soon found that there might be merit to the claim. Baker County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Tracie Benton stated that they had found pages on GoFundMe as well as another fundraising website where Taylor posting photos of her daughter and asking for money. "I worked the case, spoke with her, she was something special," Benton said. "You could tell right off the whip, something was wrong."
It was soon discovered that Taylor had gone to the extent to poison the child while she was receiving treatment at the hospital. "While the child was admitted to the hospital, she would be there with the child and while she was there she would administer the Tylenol to continue the abuse," Benton said.
Investigators also uncovered that the 40-year-old had a history of medical abuse and a series of court cases against her in California and Arizona that resulted in her losing custody of several of her children. Following the poisoning incident, parental rights for all 10 children were revoked from the mother.
As for her hospitalized child, her iron levels and liver function returned to normal while under hospital observation and she is now said to be doing well.