Mom Injects Eight Year Old With Mail Order Botox – Are You Kidding Me?

Crazy story out of the Sun.  A San Francisco mom admits to regularly injecting her eight year old daughter with mail-order Botox!  According to the article, the mom stated:

“What I am doing for Britney now will help her become a star.

“I know one day she will be a model, actress or singer, and having these treatments now will ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer.  I’m sure people reading this will think I am being irresponsible, but I ensure that I test the Botox and fillers I buy online on myself first.  All I want is for Britney to have the best start in life, so it is easier for her to become a superstar.”

Her daughter replied:

My friends think it’s cool I have all the treatments and they want to be like me. I check every night for wrinkles, when I see some I want more injections.  They used to hurt, but now I don’t cry that much.  I also want a boob and nose job soon, so that I can be a star.”

Yuck yuck yuck!  There are so many things wrong with this.  Where should I start?  Maybe some bullet points:

-Botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful toxins in the world.  The tiniest amount can cause paralysis and death, especially if administered with untrained hands.  Cosmetically we inject the absolute smallest amount for maximal effect.  Who knows what’s in this mail-order, likely-phony Botox?

-The article states it’s not against the law for the mom to be doing this.  I disagree.  While it may not be against the law to have your daughter undergo medical treatments, it is against the law to poison your child.  Because this product is imported and therefore not FDA approved, it’s contents are unknown and should be considered poison.

-This may be a variant of Munchausen’s by proxy syndrome.  This is psychiatric disorder where a parent subjects their child to unnecessary medical treatments as a way to fulfill the parent’s need for attention.  It is considered a form of child abuse.

-I hope someone has already called up Child Protective Services on this nightmare mom!

I will be discussing this crazy story on ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN tonight!

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Responses:

  1. I don’t know anybody who lives in San Francisco who doesn’t consider child beauty pageants anything other than trashy, trashy, trashy. This mother should have stayed in Birmingham, or perhaps moved to Florida or Texas where there are people who might think like her.

    Comment by Laurie on March 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

  2. Holy crap that’s crazy! I caught a minute of this story on the Today show this morning. I’m sure the Botox stuff you buy on the internet is fake, and could kill you, and she doesn’t know how to use it, and the kid is 8! I bet the mom will be arrested today, after being shown on national TV.

    Comment by Jeni on March 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

  3. Wow, that’s really awful. First of all, injecting your child with botox fillers is bad enough but getting it through the mail? How can you be sure of what ingredients are in there?!

    Comment by Sell My Pictures on March 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

  4. why is there no restrictions in place to protect children from this madness? next children will get access themselves! the parents involved should be prosecuted for ABH. disgusting.

    Comment by carol on March 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

  5. This is not about being irresponsible. This is straight up child abuse.

    Comment by Susan on April 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

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