• Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

Mother accused of exposing daughter to unwarranted medical treatment pleads not guilty to amended charges

MILWAUKEE COUNTY – An Oklahoma woman appeared in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Friday, June 7, on child abuse and neglect charges, accused of subjecting her daughter to unnecessary medical treatment for years that didn ‘only made her daughter sicker.

Alisha Newman, 35, was in court Friday for her preliminary hearing, in which a Milwaukee Police Department detective testified, and a motion to dismiss the case by the defense was dismissed. A probable cause has been found for further proceedings, and it has been linked for the trial. She pleaded not guilty to the following amended charges:

A status conference was scheduled for July 10.

Newman has previously faced one count of physical abuse of children, recklessly causing serious bodily harm and child neglect.

The cash bond was set at $ 50,000 for Newman, who is a registered nurse in the state of Oklahoma, when she first appeared in court on May 28, despite her attorney being defense pleaded for his release on bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Newman took the girl to Wisconsin Children’s Hospital on May 7 in a life-threatening condition – a condition prosecutors said was caused by Newman herself.

“This is a case which, in essence, involves continued conduct and offense that spanned the life of this child,” Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Torbenson said.

The complaint stated that “the child’s skin was pale and ashy. (The child) appeared gravely ill.” She appeared to be in severe shock, suffering from acute kidney failure, organ damage and blood infection. A quick response was called – and the girl was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.

During the child’s hospitalization, the complaint said Newman told medical staff that the girl was “diagnosed with dysautonomia, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial disease, hypertension and hypotension, and severe dysmotility “. The child was confirmed to have a pacemaker on the heart, a port for receiving IV fluids and a feeding tube.

“Ultimately, this led to a number of surgeries for this child – DNR (do not resuscitate) orders at several different hospitals for this child. This was a potentially life-threatening situation and one that has changed. the life of this poor 10-year-old, ”says Torbenson.

Court records indicated the girl was tested by doctors at Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in November 2016 as well as October 2017 – and no evidence was found to support a “diagnosis of muscular dystrophy or mitochondrial disease ”and that“ the test results, which were negative, were also emailed to Newman. ”

The medical director of the Wisconsin Children’s Hospital checked the girl’s medical records from birth and found that there was a “worrying pattern of conduct on the part of Newman, who regularly provided false or misleading information to medical providers providing medical treatment to (the child). “Newman allegedly provided false information to doctors in several states, including North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The medical director wrote, according to the criminal complaint, that the girl “was misdiagnosed and undergoing multiple unwarranted medical procedures, many of which endangered (the child’s) life.” .

Newman’s alleged behavior is often known as Munchausen by proxy.

“And so these alleged criminal acts are not intentional, and I think that also indicates whether she would continue to pose a potential danger to the alleged victim in this case,” Newman defense attorney Martin Pruhs said.

After the hearing, Newman turned to the gallery where her husband was sitting, appearing to say the words “Help me.”

If convicted of either charge, Newman faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $ 50,000 fine.

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