Mother faked baby’s illness

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A MOTHER took her baby to hospital, claiming it had been vomiting blood, a court was told.

But DNA tests showed blood found on the baby’s nappies and sheets had come from the mother herself.

Staff at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds caught the mother faking the symptoms of illness in her baby, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, came under suspicion after medical staff found her child to be thriving despite claims that he had been vomiting blood.

The court was told that unknown to the woman, forensic tests were carried out on blood found on the baby’s nappies and sheets and the police and social services were alerted.

The court heard that it was believed the woman had picked a scab on her own ankle to provide the blood. The woman said she could not explain the presence of her own blood.

Previously the woman had taken the baby to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, with what she said were the same symptoms but doctors could find nothing wrong.

The woman, who pleaded guilty to child cruelty, was jailed for two months. She had been suffering from depression and was anxious about taking home the baby who had been born with medical problems and undergone surgery. Sentencing, Judge Rupert Overbury said that at West Suffolk Hospital she had faked the symptoms. He said: “You wanted the attention.”