Mom charged after healthy son had 13 major surgeries
DALLAS — A woman who records show took her 8-year-old son to Texas hospitals and pediatric centers more than 320 times has been arrested and charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 34-year-old Kaylene Bowen-Wright remained in Dallas County jail Wednesday on $150,000 bond after her Dec. 6 arrest.
Child Protective Services says her son Christopher was seen 323 times at hospitals and pediatric centers in Dallas and Houston and underwent 13 major surgeries between 2009 and 2016 — despite not being sick.
Investigators say Bowen-Wright put Christopher on oxygen, had a feeding tube surgically inserted into his small intestine, and tried to get him a lung transplant.
She also reportedly took thousands of dollars in donations.
CPS removed him from Bowen-Wright’s care last month after it was alerted by a Dallas hospital where medical staff determined he didn’t have cancer or many of the symptoms Bowen reported.
Her attorney, public defender Christi Bustos, hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.
Christopher’s father is now trying to get custody of him.