In a potential case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a Roswell couple are accused of forcing their teenage daughter to take THC drops and eat marijuana-laced brownies.
Jennifer and Lark Bui face child cruelty charges and lost custody of their two children after the incident, Roswell police told Channel 2 Action News. Their 14-year-old daughter did not have a prescription for THC drops.
As a result, authorities said this is likely a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, in which a caregiver makes up an illness or injury for a person under their care, according to the Mayo Clinic.
According to arrest warrants obtained by Channel 2, the Buis’ daughter told police her parents made her consume the THC substances. In addition, the couple were accused of “dry shaving” the teen’s face and “lying to doctors/nurses to get additional powerful pain medications,” the warrants said.
Police were tipped off about the case by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Due to the charges and investigation, the Division of Family and Children Services obtained custody of the teen and a sibling.
“We determined there was mistreatment of the two children,” Roswell police Lt. Noah Caplan told Channel 2.
Jennifer Bui was charged with first- and second-degree child cruelty, while Lark Bui was arrested on a second-degree child cruelty charge, Fulton jail records show. Jennifer Bui was arrested Nov. 14, with Lark Bui being arrested a day later.
Both bonded out of jail Nov. 16, with Jennifer Bui’s bond being $75,000 and Lark Bui’s bond being $25,000, jail records show.
The couple declined to comment to Channel 2 about the incident.
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