Child Underwent 13 Surgeries. Cops Say They Weren't Needed


Kaylene Bowen, 34, from Dallas, US, took her son Christopher to hospital 323 times while she announced on Facebook her son had cancer. "He just needed - not even extra care - he was fine", the dad added. Officials allege Bowen taught her son to say he was sick.

MSBP is a 'mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care' which is often times a child, in order to get attention according to WebMD.

A CPS investigation also found Bowen-Wright cut her son's hair and posted a picture of him in a Make-A-Wish shirt claiming he had cancer in an effort to raise money.

Over the course of his eight-year life, they say Christopher's mother Kaylene Bowen is responsible for 13 invasive, possibly unnecessary, surgeries conducted on Christopher during over 300 stays in the hospital.

Dallas resident Ryan Crawford is seeking custody of his son Christopher, after police arrested his child's mother, his wife, on charges of injury to a child.

Claiming his ailment impacted his oxygen supply, Bowen even placed the child on a lung transplant list.

"She started explaining to the judge that the doctors stated my son would never walk", Crawford said.

Christopher's father Ryan Crawford, an IT administrator from North Richland Hills, said he tried to convince Dallas County family court judges several times that his son was not sick.

When Bowen wouldn't wean her son off his medication and medical equipment, staff in Dallas said they checked with Houston and contacted CPS.

Christopher is now in foster care.

"He nearly died three different times due to infections from the 13 different surgeries, so he has a ... he has a long road ahead of him".

While Crawford claims he complained to the CPS about the abuse, and so did the child's aunt, the agency claims they have no records of the complaints. Less than two weeks after his birth, calls and visits to doctors began, although it was later determined nothing was medically wrong with the baby. This triggered an investigation by the CPS. Meanwhile, Crawford said he's grateful that his son won't have to go through unneeded medical procedures anymore, but he feels the system is broken and needs to be exposed before more children go through the same thing.

'I was horrified because from what I knew, my son was fine.

"It started eight days after he was born", Crawford said of Bowen's extreme behaviour.

Crawford believes Bowen was financially driven by her actions, claiming she lived for free through her son's donations.