HOUSTON (AP) - A Harris County jury has found that a Spring
woman caused her young son to have at least two unnecessary
Forty-year-old Laurie Williamson was convicted yesterday of
injury to a child in connection with her son undergoing surgeries
for implantation of a nerve-stimulation device and insertion of a
gastric feeding button.
She now faces possible life in prison. The Houston Chronicle
reports that testimony in the punishment phrase of the trial began
late yesterday and is set to resume Tuesday.
State child welfare officials and prosecutors have said
Williamson has Munchausen syndrome by proxy -- a rare disorder in
which a person fabricates or induces symptoms in others to gain
Defense attorney Allen Isbell has denied that Williamson has the
Prosecutor Mike Trent said Williamson manipulated doctors and
her son's condition to get the surgeries.
Isbell has said that doctors told Williamson that her son needed
Prosecutors say that over ten years, Williamson took her three
children to at least 500 doctor appointments.
Child Protective Services took custody of the children in March
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