November 21, 2017
When Sheriff’s Deputies in Springfield, Missouri found 48-year-old Dee Dee Blanchard stabbed to death on the night of June 14, 2015, they discovered her special needs daughter, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, was missing, and her wheelchair was left behind.
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Gypsy had reportedly been battling multiple, chronic diseases like leukemia, muscular dystrophy, paralysis, asthma, and epilepsy for most of her life.
Initially, police investigated Gypsy’s disappearance as a possible abduction. Gypsy was found the next day in Wisconsin, in the company of her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn. The pair were arrested in connection with Dee Dee’s murder.
Following their arrest, investigators discovered Dee Dee had suffered from Factitious disorder imposed on another also known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MbP). MbP is a mental disorder in which a caregiver systematically falsifies or creates illness, injury or disability in another. Dee Dee had been faking Gypsy’s ailments all along.
“She just had enough and snapped,” claims Gypsy’s father, Rod Blanchard.