Annie and Josh say their mother, Shauna Taylor, created non-existent illnesses and put them through medical workups that were painful and occasionally dangerous. Josh says not only did his mother constantly take him to the hospital where he says he had two unnecessary spinal taps, he claims she also locked him and his brother in a dog cage and threw them around the room. Shauna was eventually diagnosed with Munchausen syndrome by proxy and had her children removed from her care. Shauna’s then-husband, Bill, says he had no idea that Shauna was harming their children until he was contacted by social services, and the children were removed from their care. Josh and Annie want to know if Bill really had no idea, as he claims, or did he suspect that something was wrong? Josh and Annie say they are afraid they may become like their mother. And, hear from an international expert on Factitious Disorder.

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