Imagine pretending to be sick or injured just to receive attention. While it seems strange, there's actually a psychiatric disorder called Munchausen syndrome that describes people who do just that. And, in some cases, the person with Munchausen inflicts injury or illness on someone else - often a child - for the same reasons.
Munchausen by proxy is a sadistic disorder that causes caregivers to hurt others for their own benefit. Because the perpetrators are frequently mothers, it is usually a long time before doctors or authorities suspect anything at all. Although the motive is generally to elicit emotional sympathy and attention - not murder - there are many true stories of Munchausen by proxy that end in death.
These true Munchausen by proxy cases are horrifying and sad, and these stories can seriously mess with your head.
Marybeth Tinning - The Deadliest Case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Ever
Beverley Allitt: Notorious Night Nurse
Lisa Hayden-Johnson and "The Sickest Child in England"
Dee Dee Blanchard: A Munchausen Mother Murdered
Lacey Spears Found Guilty of Poisoning Son With Salt
Leslie Wilfred and Her Endless Lies