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Court Allows Visitation by Mother Accused of Medically Abusing Child


A Texas court has granted a request for visitation by Danita Tutt, a 40-year-old resident of Cleburne who has been charged with medically abusing her son and with denying him food. The court has allowed her a weekly, supervised two hour visit with her two sons, ages 13 and 9, as well as two phone calls a week.

According to reports, Fort Worth police arrested Tutt on August 5, charging her with causing serious bodily injury to the older son. As part of her bond, she was prevented from having any contact with either child. However, the Johnson County judge handling her Child Protective Services (CPS) case had recommended supervised visits.

Police say that they had evidence that Tutt had withheld food and water from the older child, had put him on unnecessary pain medications, and had caused him to have unnecessary medical procedures. They contend that Tutt suffers from a well-known medical child abuse malady known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, where parents tend to exaggerate or even make up symptoms or health problems experienced by their children in order to gain attention. Authorities say that Tutt lied to doctors about her son’s condition and symptoms, to the point that he had been admitted into hospice at the Ronald McDonald House, had a feeding tube and a colostomy bag installed, and was prescribed a number of pain medications. Since his mother’s arrest, he has been taken off the feeding tube, had the colostomy bag removed and has gained 10 pounds.

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