LAWRENCEVILLE, PA — A woman in Pennsylvania is facing charges after investigators say she smeared feces on her baby’s face and feeding tube in order to make him sick.
According to a criminal complaint, 38-year-old Lauren Buzard had brought 6-month-old baby to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for unexplained illnesses several times since May.
Eventually, doctors suspected that 38-year-old Lauren Buzard may be doing something to harm her baby and surveillance cameras were placed in Buzard’s son’s room. It didn’t take long before the doctor’s suspicions were confirmed.
The cameras captured Buzard using a dirty diaper to smear feces on her baby’s face and nasal feeding tube. The motive? Munchausen by proxy syndrome. Doctors concluded Buzard was “actively harming her child in order to gain the benefit of exhaustive medical evaluation and attention.”
Lauren Buzard was arrested and has been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment of a child. She is currently in jail waiting to appear before a judge on August 21. The baby has been placed with his father.
This isn’t the first mother we’ve featured on DD who got caught using feces to make their child sick. In 2009, we reported on Emily McDonald. Hospital surveillance cameras would capture her removing shit from her 3-year-old daughter’s diaper and smearing it on the child’s Central Ventricular Line cap; that line goes directly into the girl’s bloodstream.Tags: Assault, Child Abuse, Crime, feces, Lauren Buzard, Munchausen by Proxy, Pennsylvania