A doctor from Lurie Children's Hospital told a Cook County judge today that the medical staff agreed it was best to take a 16-year-old boy into temporary protective custody amid concerns his mother wanted him heavily medicated.
“We really felt we were dealing with a cycle of drugs being given to a child who didn't need it,” Dr. Zena Leah Harris said, adding that the mother wanted her son transferred to another hospital three days after his arrival.
The hearing in Cook County court's Child Protection Division was to determine whether the teen should remain in temporary protective custody or be returned to his mother.
The staff accused the mother, Michelle Rider, of Kansas City, Mo., of “medical child abuse” – a rare psychological condition where a caregiver subjects a minor to unnecessary and possibly dangerous medical procedures.
Rider, a former hospice nurse, is accused of moving her son from hospital to hospital across several states, interfering with medical experts and demanding powerful medication to relieve pain that Harris said diminished when she wasn't present, according to courtroom testimony and records.
About 25 years ago, while I was training at a university hospital in the department of psychiatry, I evaluated a child and interviewed her mother in a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The pair had been referred by a surgeon at the hospital, though the mother didn't know that they were referred to psychiatry because of suspicions that she was fabricating symptoms and pushing for unnecessary tests and surgery.
The speculation on Elliot Rodger has been what you'd expect after a mass murder or spree killing. Everyone is a diagnostician and they're all over the map.
Some blamed SSRIs for the killing. One named the meds Rodger was on, but none of the medications he named--an antipsychotic, an anxiolytic and an opiate--are SSRIs. I guess reality is no match for a hobby horse.
No, I'm not talking about a salon service. Here's Eric Randall, @ New Yorker Blogs:
In July of 2008, Dylan Breves, then a seventeen-year-old student from New York City, made a mundane edit to a Wikipedia entry on the coati. The coati, a member of the raccoon family, is “also known as … a Brazilian aardvark,” Breves wrote. He did not cite a source for this nickname, and with good reason: he had invented it. He and his brother had spotted several coatis while on a trip to the Iguaçu Falls, in Brazil, where they had mistaken them for actual aardvarks.
“I don’t necessarily like being wrong about things,” Breves told me. “So, sort of as a joke, I slipped in the ‘also known as the Brazilian aardvark’ and then forgot about it for awhile.”
Adding a private gag to a public Wikipedia page is the kind of minor vandalism that regularly takes place on the crowdsourced Web site. When Breves made the change, he assumed that someone would catch the lack of citation and flag his edit for removal.
Over time, though, something strange happened: the nickname caught on. About a year later, Breves searched online for the phrase “Brazilian aardvark.” Not only was his edit still on Wikipedia, but his search brought up hundreds of other Web sites about coatis. References to the so-called “Brazilian aardvark” have since appeared in the Independent, the Daily Mail, and even in a book published by the University of Chicago. Breves’s role in all this seems clear: a Google search for “Brazilian aardvark” will return no mentions before Breves made the edit, in July, 2008. The claim that the coati is known as a Brazilian aardvark still remains on its Wikipedia entry, only now it cites a 2010 article in the Telegraph as evidence.