An Arkansas woman has been charged after she allegedly lied to doctors about her adoptive son suffering from a mysterious illness — and even arranged for him to get end-of-life care, according to a report.
Kristy Schneider, of Alexander, turned herself in Tuesday on a charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, news station KATV reported.
Schneider and her husband, Erik, lost custody of their adoptive son, Louie, in 2019 after a court heard that she had misrepresented to doctors his medical condition.
She allegedly claimed that the boy suffered from a chromosomal disorder and was in “significant and persistent” pain, for which he was given high doses of narcotics like fentanyl and morphine.
Schneider also frequently posted about his illness on her since-deleted Facebook page and blog.
At one point, the couple allegedly sought end-of-life care for the boy and arranged for multiple law enforcement agencies to line the route to a hospice center to salute him.
But after a month, the boy, who was then 9 years old, was discharged from the hospital, the outlet reported.
Schneider was accused during the custody case of suffering from Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a disorder in which caregivers caregivers “intentionally harm or describe non-existent symptoms in their children to get the attention given to the family of someone who is sick,” according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Within days of being removed from the couple’s custody, the boy was able to eat and walk on his own, despite having used a wheelchair and feeding tube for months, the outlet reported.