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Penfold Strikes Again

By neanderthalsis - 18 April 2008 23

Nine-MSN has a story about a NSW Woman (not Queanbeyan) in court today charged with ” intentionally and unlawfully administering an injurious substance with an intention to injure or cause pain and discomfort” after injecting her infant with water containing feacal matter and other toxins. Apperantly the kiddie was in Canb hospital with a bruised foot when mum decided to do a little alternative therapy and inject the dirty water.

Anyways… RiotActs good friend and that well known bastion of community justice, Hilary Penfold decided that given the special circumstances of the case (a diagnosis of Munchausen-by-proxy) the case neither a jail term or a community based sentence would be appropriate. She wandered free with a bond.

The kiddie now resides with his dad.

One would think that injecting a potential lethal substance into a child would be more akin to Attempted Murder. I do respect that she did have a mental condition that did impede her judgement, but surely more than a bond is called for for attempted infanticide…

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GnT 4:54 pm 22 Apr 08

Thankyou VicePope and boomacat for bringing some perspective and sanity to the debate!!!!

I’m not a psychology nerd, but I heard that the guy who ‘invented’ Munchausen by proxy (now factitios disorder), Dr Meadow, has been completely discredited and is not allowed to give any evidence in court anymore. He used to be highly repected but now everything he ever said is being questioned.

Skidbladnir 4:45 pm 22 Apr 08

I propose Pendfold adopt a position of “Fuck ’em, they’re being charged so they must be guilty”.

She’d instantly become a RiotACT hero, instead of this “Sure, he shot four police and released a pack of hungry pitbulls into a chldcare centre, but as he once spent the night sleeping in a car he’s obviously beyond being culpable for his own actions” bullshit she’s offering.

black_rattism 4:30 pm 22 Apr 08

Re Munchausen by proxy not being a legitimate psychiatric condition…the current situation is that the disorder (factitious disorder by proxy) was proposed for inclusion in the DSM-IV but not listed in the main body due to insufficient evidence to warrant inclusion. It is listed under criteria sets and axes for further study, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not legitimate, just that the APA doesn’t have enough information on it to publish diagnostic criteria.

/psychology nerd

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