Munchhausen Syndrome and Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy
Never Question Mum!
We should also pay very close attention to another syndrome when it shows up at the hospital. The syndrome, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), really means "The Baby Died and We Don't Know Why." Most Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy killings are of infants, and the vast majority of these deaths are labeled SIDS. Because sometimes babies can die for unexplained reasons, infant killings are the easiest deaths to get away with. Why? Because we hate to accuse a mother of not loving her child. Worse, we hate to accuse an innocent mother of killing her child. On the business side of things, doctors hate to get in the middle of police investigations and legal proceedings, and the hospitals they work for encourage them not to bring negative attention to their institutions. Medical examiners often rule a suspicious death as SIDS for similar reasons. It's not nice to claim the poor grieving mother killed her child, and it's easier just to label it as a SIDS death. Only when a mother kills a half-dozen of her children do the medical and legal systems finally seem willing to get involved. Can you imagine this happening with adults?
When the kids get older, they are rarely suffocated, but can be abused and killed by other means. The movie "The Sixth Sense," for example, showed a MSBP mother feeding her child poison until she died.