Practical Aspects of Munchausen by Proxy and Munchausen Syndrome Investigation

Kathryn Artingstall

August 14, 1998 by CRC Press
Reference - 355 Pages
ISBN 9780849381621 - CAT# 8162
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations


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  • Documents actual cases of MBP that aid in recognizing this behavior in offenders and their victims
  • Analyzes case protocol, crime scene issues, video surveillance, general evidence procedures, and warrant preparation
  • Includes interview factors-confronting the offender, how exposing behavior affects the offender, witness testimony, disguise factors, and interviewing approaches
  • Explains the differences and commonalities between MBP and child sexual abuse
  • Discusses how MBP can be a factor in seemingly unrelated cases such as parental kidnapping, insurance fraud, animal abuse, and arson
  • Serves as a primary resource for every police officer, detective, prosecutor, child protective services/social worker, and medical professional
  • Summary

    It is essential for anyone involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases to be aware of the often hidden and subtle warning signs of Munchausen by Proxy. Munchausen syndrome, classified as a mental illness, occurs when a person inflicts or fabricates illness upon themselves, often as an attention-getting device. Munchausen by Proxy (MBP) is an even more insidious disorder in that such illness or injury is inflicted upon a victim-usually a child.
    Awareness can stop the vicious cycle of abuse
    Practical Aspects of Munchausen by Proxy and Munchausen Syndrome Investigation is the most comprehensive law enforcement handbook written on MBP, which is now considered an index factor in child abuse investigations and as a suspicion factor in the deaths of young children. This book offers detailed insight into the dynamics of MBP abuse and the Munchausen offender. The text chronicles real cases of MBP and Munchausen in the dominion of law enforcement and relates them to general principles of criminal investigations. With this practical guide, readers will be able to readily identify Munchausen-related behavior, apply that recognition in all types of investigations, improve the ability to detect covert or falsified crimes, have the basic knowledge to effectively combat MBP child victimization, or to successfully proscecute MBP cases.


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