For those that watched Hulu ‘s The Act— this one almost seems like it would be to good to be true. However, it is actually just that very true and very terrifying. According to authorities in Oklahoma, a 34-year-old Mom is lookign at some pretty serious charges after her daughters’ nightmare ended.
That mom has been identified as Alisha Newman, 34, who prosecutors say took her daughter across state lines to 6 different states lying to every possible kind of doctor. In fact, authorities allege Newman concocted the sceheme so far that doctorsnow believe it to be a case of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome.
At 10 weeks old, a complaint shows that doctors who were first to get a routine check up with the then newborn daughter had already raised red-flags. At that particular time, Newman claimed that th baby was “incapable of feeding, in fact in intolerant, and would often vomit during feeding times”. The whole thing was a lie and would mark the beginning of the next 10 years — where Newman would invent so many illnesses that doctors consecutively raised flags at almost every corney they could.
Munchausen by Proxy for those that aren’t aware is a fascinating mental illness that results in people faking illnesses for someone else in their care. It was universally explored in Hulu ‘s “The Act” and widely based on the similarly real-life story of Gypsey Rose Blanchard and here mother Dee Dee Blanchard.
Newman allegedly faked her daughters’ illnesses that would lead to IV treatments; surgeries, procedures to install pacemakers, and feeding tubes.