London – A woman in Britain was jailed on Monday for subjecting her children to unnecessary medical procedures so that she could claim hundreds of thousands of pounds in state benefits.
The unnamed woman from Croydon, south London, was jailed for seven and a half years after she spent at least a decade pretending her son and daughter suffered from a string of health problems.
Following the mother’s complaints the children underwent surgery to have feeding tubes fitted to their stomachs, despite their being able to eat normally.
Her son was administered steroid medication to treat severe asthma, although while he was at school he did not show the symptoms described by his mother.
The boy was also encouraged by his mother to show symptoms she believed were consistent with autism, police said in a statement.
Woman Jailed in Britain for Claiming her Child has Autism and other Health Problems!