Munchausen mom: ‘I didn’t wish her to die’

December 23, 2015 - garden totes

FORT WORTH, Texas – Hope Ybarra believed her third relapse of cancer would be her last.

She had systematic her box – reddish immaculate steel with white velvet lining. She had bought 5 funeral plots, one for any of her family members, unaware a Trinity River.

She chronicled her tour in a blog, updating how a cancer had spread, pity how she pennyless a unpleasant news of her appearing genocide to family and friends. She also wrote amatory and enlivening annals to her 3 children, a youngest of whom was struggling with depot cystic fibrosis.

“How we wish we could lift your burdens for you. You are such a dauntless tiny girl, and we am so unequivocally unapproachable of you. You keep fighting this beast and NEVER give up. … When God calls we to join me, we will be watchful for we with open arms. we will haven a garden of butterflies for we to play in.”

Family and friends saw Hope as a loving, dauntless and intrepid mom and supposing her with gifts and money. News outlets reported on her family’s formidable journey.

But over time, as doctors and others began to find holes in her comfortless story, it became apparent that a tour was founded on lies, a web of dishonesty combined by a lady who calculated carrying cancer to advantage preference and courtesy before inflicting a dishonesty on dual of her children, a form of medical child abuse famous as Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Her youngest daughter took a brunt of a abuse and was subjected to 4 years of unneeded surgeries and medical procedures given of her mother’s sinister actions.

“I still feel like I’m a beast given of what we did,” Hope pronounced as she cried during a new jail interview.

Hope was indicted of regulating pathogens she’d stolen from her workplace to disgust her daughter, altering persperate tests to inspire a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and even removal blood from a child, starting a sequence greeting of events that caused a lady to go into anaphylactic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

Hope claims that many memories of what she did have been erased by diabetic comas though insists she never attempted to kill her daughter.

“There were positively many, many things we could have finished if we was perplexing to unequivocally harm her, generally when she had a pier put in,” Hope said, referring to a executive line that was placed in one of her daughter’s veins to discharge medicine and fluids. “There were a lot of things we could have finished that would have loyal adult killed her. we wasn’t perplexing to. Obviously we was spiteful her, though we wasn’t perplexing to harm her.”

After a six-month examination by Tarrant County questioner Michael Weber, who specializes in medical child abuse investigations, Hope was arrested in Oct 2009 on a assign of critical corporeal damage to a child. She had been jailed for a year with bail set during $25,000 when she reached a defence discount with Tarrant County prosecutors and was condemned to 10 years in prison.

For many of a past 5 years, a Murray jail section in Gatesville, Texas, has been Hope’s home.

While she was behind bars, her father has divorced her. Other family members have cut ties with her. She has few friends.

She will be adult for release examination in 2017 – her third time for such caring – though she’s not carefree that she’ll be expelled until Oct 2019, when her judgment is complete.

“They’re not genuine concerned to let me go given of a inlet of my crime,” Hope said. “What we did was a bad thing, and we don’t censure them for not vouchsafing me go.”


It’s not transparent when Hope began to tell lies, though she claims a function was schooled from her mother.

Born to teen relatives in Houston, Hope was a oldest of 4 children.

She pronounced she believes that her possess mom also suffered from Munchausen syndrome, frequently impersonation illnesses such as migraines and arthritis.

“My mom, she did a lot of things that we did, and that’s what we learned,” Hope said. “She didn’t do it to us though she did it to herself.”

As a result, Hope said, she felt abandoned as a child.

“I didn’t get courtesy as a child given we was holding caring of Mom and lifting a kids and cleaning a house. we was mom flourishing up.” Hope said. “She was a good mom. She was doing her best, though like me, she didn’t know any better.”

Susan Putscher adamantly denied her daughter’s allegations.

Putscher insisted she did humour – and still does – from migraines and arthritis though pronounced such things never kept her from lifting her family or even going to college to get her grade while her children were in school.

Hope’s father, Putscher said, is an amputee who worked as a roving salesman and was mostly divided from home.

“Did she assistance a lot? Absolutely,” Putscher said. “I was lifted in a country. Everybody helped. Everybody had jobs. All of my kids, by a time they were 7, could mount on a box and bucket their possess garments in a washer and dryer. Everybody cleared dishes and everybody knew how to cook.”

Putscher pronounced she’s not certain when her daughter started lying, though in retrospect, she sees glimpses of Hope’s craftiness.

“She had a seizure story in high propagandize going into college that is questionable,” Putscher said. “I don’t know if those were genuine or not. we can tell we she was diagnosed with them, though we feel flattering certain there were times she calculated them, maybe all a time. we don’t know.”

When Hope was 12, a family changed to Flower Mound, Texas. After graduating from Marcus High School, Hope attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where she played clarinet and was a drum vital in a band, belonged to countless clubs and was once named to Who’s Who.

She also met her father during Sul Ross, and they had a son in 1996. They hold off on marrying until Dec 1998, 7 months after Hope graduated with a bachelor’s in chemistry.

Later, Hope began braggadocio about other good accomplishments. That enclosed revelation family and destiny employers that she had perceived a doctorate in chemistry from TCU.

Hope’s ex-husband recalls her disintegrating on Tuesday and Thursday nights, claiming she was holding courses during TCU to get her doctorate. He remembers being astounded when she announced she’d perceived it after usually a year.

“I’ve had friends get their Ph.D. in a year and a half, though they went full time, though she pronounced she took online courses and went to school,” pronounced Ybarra, who asked that his initial name not be used to strengthen a temperament of his children. “I don’t have a Ph.D., so we had no suspicion 1/8she wasn’t revelation a truth3/8.”

Putscher remembers being so unapproachable when Hope announced she had perceived her doctorate.

“I bought a TCU sweatshirt,” Putscher said. “She had Ph.D. created on everything, printed on business cards. It was her email address:”

But her deepest dishonesty appears to have begun in 2001, when she told her family and friends a harmful news that she’d been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer.

Off and on by a successive 8 years, Hope’s cancer device grew some-more elaborate. She’d explain it had widespread to her mind and lungs and damaged her hearing, call her to learn pointer denunciation and after get a cochlear implant. She told people she kick a cancer twice and even changed to Alabama for 8 months for diagnosis she pronounced she could get nowhere else.

“I did see oncology. we had scans that showed we had cancer though a biopsies were clear,” Hope said. “They were tumors though they were nonmalignant.”

What she was seeking when she told others differently, Hope said, was “probably attention. It’s what we knew, so it’s what we did. If you’re sick, we get a kind of courtesy we need.”


While presumably undergoing chemotherapy associated to one lie, Hope was sophistry another, this time a pregnancy with twins.

She wore maternity garments and had picked out names for a unborn girls – Alexandria and Alexia.

Ybarra pronounced he believed that Hope was profound though pronounced he was a tiny nonplussed by a news. The dual were frequency intimate, he said, and conjunction had a story of twins in their families.

“It was not that we had doubts, though it was odd,” Ybarra said.

He pronounced he remembers going to accommodate Hope during an OB-GYN appointment or two. When he arrived, he said, Hope claimed a alloy revisit had already happened.

Putscher was ravaged when her daughter, afterwards purportedly 5 months along, called to surprise her that she had mislaid a babies reduction than dual weeks into her cancer treatment.

“I was in shock,” Putscher recalled. “I mislaid my grandkids.”

Ybarra pronounced his mom hold a “mini-funeral,” holding $2,500 in income from their bank comment to compensate for carrying their stays cremated.

“I said, ‘Why don’t we write a check?’ She said, ‘It’s easier to compensate cash.’ Then one day she comes home with an urn,” Ybarra said.

The hermetic vessel was kept on a grate mantel of a Ybarras’ north Fort Worth home, and Hope bought a 6-foot petrify angel for a commemorative garden in a behind yard.

As partial of her “bucket list,” Hope after had angel wings tattooed on her back, revelation others she felt she had some-more than warranted her wings. Between a wings, Hope had a tattoo artist lift 5 red stars – one for any of her children, including a twins whom she had lost.

Among Hope’s failing wishes was that a twins’ stays be buried with her.

The vessel now sits in a behind of a storage unit, among other confidence – reminders of Ybarra’s ex-wife’s lies.

“… we have no suspicion what I’m going to do with that,” Ybarra said.

From prison, Hope reliable she was never profound with twins.


Hope also managed to equivocate a participation of family members while being treated for her purported cancer.

Asked how, Hope said, “Everybody refused to come.

“I didn’t indispensably ask. we would mention, ‘Today is chemo day,’ and 0 of them would say, ‘I’ll go.'”

Putscher called her daughter’s explain another lie.

“When we would ask her many of a time … there were dual primary responses that occurred: ‘Well, we unequivocally need we to watch a kids when we go,’ and a other one when we knew they were staying with a sitter, ‘I’d rather we save your ability to go with me when we really, unequivocally need you. When it’s worse,'” Putscher said.

Ybarra pronounced he remembers Hope frequently shred her conduct as she claimed to mislay her hair from chemotherapy. He pronounced he now knows that chemo would have caused a detriment of all his wife’s physique hair.

“I’d never famous anybody privately who’d had cancer, so we never knew,” Ybarra said.

The courtesy Hope drew from her possess feign illnesses was apparently not enough.

At some indicate after a birth of her second child in 1999, Hope told her family that a lady had been diagnosed with intelligent palsy.

Ybarra pronounced that for some-more than a year, his oldest daughter wore ankle braces off and on.

“I consider she was excellent given she ran all a time though them,” Ybarra said. “… Now that we demeanour back, we consider that competence have been a start of it.”

Eventually, with a birth of their younger daughter, speak of a comparison girl’s health problems usually faded away, Ybarra said.

The comparison daughter told a debate interviewer that she was miraculously marinated of a illness around a time of her sister’s birth.

In a jail interview, Hope insisted that a alloy had incorrectly diagnosed her daughter with intelligent palsy.

“I was told she did by a pediatrician,” Hope said.

It is a opposite story than she told Weber in May 2009, when Hope certified that she told a alloy that her comparison daughter had intelligent palsy, not a other approach around.

“I finished some bad choices. we finished some unequivocally bad choices, though I’m on a right road,” Hope told Weber. “I see what I’ve finished and we know your concerns and we can understand.”


It is her younger daughter whom Hope admits she used like a apparatus to get a courtesy she craved. She pronounced a girl’s beforehand birth in 2004 served as a substructure for her violent behavior.

Ybarra reliable that a couple’s younger daughter was innate some 10 weeks early, weighing 2 pounds, 2 ounces. She called a neonatal section home for a initial few months of her life.

“She had a lot of needs when she was born,” Hope said. “I suppose a lot of what we got when she was a baby kind of fed what was going on. … As she got older, when she started to get better, we usually continued and it usually grew.”

Ybarra pronounced his ex-wife rubbed their children’s medical appointments and shrugged him off when he charity to take a day off from work to go with them.

Before a lady incited 1, she underwent medicine to have a gastronomy tube, also famous as a G-tube or feeding tube, extrinsic by her stomach to broach nourishment directly to her stomach.

Even today, Hope insists that a medicine was necessary.

“She had that put in given she had swallowing dysfunction. … They put that in given she was aspirating her milk,” Hope said. “They watched her celebration and she would choke.”

By a time a lady incited 1, Hope had insisted that a alloy during Children’s Medical Center of Dallas exam her daughter for cystic fibrosis.

The lady was given a array of persperate tests to check for towering sodium levels – an indicator of a disorder.

The initial exam was borderline. The sodium turn from a second exam was so off-the-charts high that it was ruled vague given of an interfering square – a outcome a lab tech after told Weber that she had never seen before or since.

The third and fourth tests came behind positive.

“It kind of reminded me of Goldilocks,” Weber said. “This one’s too cold. This one’s too hot. This one’s usually right. we wondered if Mom had attempted to breach with a exam twice before finally hidden it right a third and fourth time.”

Hope pronounced she does remember melting salt in H2O to change a tests. Though she certified altering usually one of a persperate tests – regulating nasal obscurity – to Weber, she told a Star-Telegram she contingency have tampered with all four.

“Only one chairman could have messed with those tests and it certain wasn’t 1/8my daughter3/8. It had to be me,” Hope said.

She pronounced that in her uneasy mind, she believed her actions were justified.

“At a time, we suspicion it was hidden a assistance she needed. At slightest that’s a approach we was meditative about it. This was all messed up,” she said, indicating to her head, “and it still is.

“… She suffered a lot given of what we did. A lot,” Hope said. “Between a surgeries and all a hospitalizations and all that. Some of them were necessary, though many of them were not.”


What Hope claims to remember doing to her younger daughter is limited.

“I remember exaggerating symptoms to a doctors,” she said. “I remember holding her to opposite doctors when they didn’t consider there was anything wrong with her. we remember watering down her regulation that went into her feeding tube so she didn’t advantage weight.”

But Weber suspects Hope did distant more.

Weber pronounced a lady usually began pang episodes of anemia in 2005 after a chain of executive lines to give medical crew easy entrance to a girl’s blood.

Dr. Donald Beam, a hematologist during Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, after told Weber that a girl’s iron levels would exam normal one week and be intensely deficient a next, notwithstanding not display any signs of inner bleeding.

“Dr. Beam settled this is not normal even for children with serious cystic fibrosis,” Weber wrote in Hope’s detain aver affidavit.

The usually reason for such fluctuations in a healthy person, Beam would tell Weber, was if a studious was being intentionally bled.

When Weber asked Hope how her daughter mislaid such good amounts of blood – infrequently adult to half a liter a week – Hope pronounced she didn’t know. When pushed, she after certified hidden usually a tiny volume of blood during treatments, as she pronounced medical professionals told her to do.

“I did not take liters of blood out of her,” Hope told Weber. “When we accessed her port, we would take one syringe of blood out. we would dump it in a trash.”

Weber pronounced he interviewed nurses and doctors, who told him “there would never be a current medical reason to mislay blood” from a executive lines.

Hope eventually pleaded guilty to withdrawing blood from her daughter.

As a outcome of Hope’s actions, a lady was given an iron dextran transfusion. The transfusion caused a lady to go into anaphylactic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

In a jail interview, Hope pronounced that given of her memory problems, she can’t contend for certain that she never bled her daughter.

“I don’t remember ever withdrawing any blood from her,” Hope said. “I can’t guarantee we anything, like we said. But that would unequivocally harm her. we wasn’t perplexing to do anything that would unequivocally harm her. we didn’t wish her to die.”


Ybarra recalls his daughter undergoing 30 to 40 surgeries or medical procedures. He can still remember a names of a drugs he helped give her – drugs that she didn’t need, with potentially dangerous side effects.

And he can still remember his daughter’s cries during a monthly cleanings of her pier and how family members would comfort her with a pressed animal to try to make her happy.

“Oh, my goodness, it was horrible. … It took usually 20 mins though she knew it was entrance so she was good before and after,” Ybarra said. “I felt so bad.”

The family’s nanny pronounced she worked for a Ybarras about a year and a half, and grew generally tighten to a younger daughter. She pronounced she mostly stayed by a girl’s side during a sanatorium while Hope worked and even accompanied a family on a Make-A-Wish outing to Disneyland.

“It was harmful to me,” pronounced a nanny, who asked that her name not be used. “I spent days and days during a hospital. we suspicion we was going to mislay that changed tiny baby girl. She was like mine.”

The nanny pronounced that until a law was revealed, she deliberate Hope “a loving, kind, bighearted mom and woman.”

“She was an implausible actress,” a nanny said.

The nanny pronounced she is guilt-ridden for giving a immature lady vest therapy to assistance mangle down saliva and commanding a despotic diet Hope insisted on given she pronounced a lady was lactose-intolerant.

To after learn that 0 of it was unequivocally needed, she said, “was utterly a blow to contend a least. … we was mad for utterly a prolonged time and felt horrible. we was doing something she didn’t need done.”


The volume of courtesy Hope perceived stretched distant over family and friends.

The Dallas Morning News published an essay in Mar 2007 about an arriving advantage travel for cystic fibrosis that featured Hope and her daughter.

The essay pronounced that Hope wasn’t disturbed about her possess sickness, though rather strong on assisting her daughter conduct her cystic fibrosis.

“We comprehend she expected will never see a cure,” a essay quotes Hope as saying. “When her day comes, we’ll have no regrets. We attempted a hardest to pierce awareness. And we will spend a rest of a lives perplexing for other families.”

Her daughter would also be a featured print child for a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

With all that courtesy came income and gifts.

The outing to Disneyland. A family that supposing a Christmas dish and presents for a Ybarras. A former employer who donated $18,000.

Ybarra pronounced he never deliberate his family to be in financial straits and insisted he was not wakeful of a income donations his mom had been collecting.

“I know 0 about that,” he said. “I usually knew we had assets and we had income and suddenly, it was depleted over an volume of time. … we don’t know what she was spending it on.”

Both relatives had good jobs – Ybarra as an teacher and Hope as a lab executive for a North Texas curative company.

“We were never hurting,” he said.

But Hope’s pursuit would shortly be in peril.

While her stories of battling cancer and her daughter’s cystic fibrosis drew consolation from co-workers, a company’s president, Mark Tengler, pronounced he began to consider something wasn’t utterly right with Hope.

There was a examination he had with her that brought a abyss of her systematic trust into question. And how she had dodged questions when Tengler’s partner asked about a subject of her Ph.D. dissertation.

“I asked a HR manager, ‘Can we lift her record for me and expose me her resume?’ There were indeed dual resumes in her file,” Tengler said. The dual papers had opposing dates for when Hope had acquired her doctorate, as good as what margin it was in.

But many concerning was when a administrator returned from vacation a day early and beheld pathogens in an incubator – pathogens from a association no longer used by a curative company.

The successive day, a petri dishes were gone.

Tengler pronounced association officials reviewed confidence notice tapes that showed Hope visiting a lab that night, receptacle bag in hand.

He pronounced Hope was questioned and certified grouping and holding a pathogens. She pronounced she sent them to a California lab for a study.

But a successive puzzling illnesses of dual of Hope’s co-workers lifted questions of either Hope had used a pathogens for some-more sinister purposes.

One workman became vigourously ill during work after celebration from a bottle of H2O that had been left unattended on her desk.

The bottle was tested and came behind certain for one of a pathogens Hope had ordered, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a micro-organism that can means rashes and infections.

Another workman – a administrator who had initial beheld a pathogens in a incubator – suffered a puzzling unreasonable on her face after articulate on her bureau phone.

In her jail interview, Hope pronounced she “can’t imagine” poisoning her co-workers.

“I didn’t have anything opposite those co-workers,” she said. “I know who they are given of a justice documents.”

Though incompetent to infer that Hope had planted a pathogens, a private questioner hired by a association did expose that she had lied about her credentials.

“He started looking during TCU. They had no record of her receiving her Ph.D.,” Tengler said. “He went to a tangible highbrow that she claimed to have worked underneath and he dug by his files and found she had practical to a module though had never been accepted.”

In Nov 2008, a curative association dismissed Hope.


With Hope impoverished and sanctimonious to be courting death, her web of dishonesty garnered even some-more courtesy – eventually heading to her downfall.

With Hope’s cancer purportedly behind a third time, her friends began a fundraising expostulate after conference that a Ybarras faced eviction given a owners of a home they were leasing were looking to sell.

A advantage golf contest and unison were held. Putscher set adult a blog and sent out an email that after went viral, pity her daughter’s struggles and seeking for help.

Hope pronounced her ruses were never about a money.

“When they did a fundraisers … we felt unequivocally guilty,” she said.

But not so guilty as to forestall Hope from doing an speak with KTVT/CBS 11.

“I usually wish to die during home,” Hope, afterwards 33, told a TV contributor in a Feb 2009 report.

In a news piece, a unhappy Hope chats from underneath a sweeping in her vital room while a camera pans opposite happy family cinema that embody a lucent Hope with a shaved head. Her younger daughter, described by a contributor as “fighting her possess depot box of cystic fibrosis,” leans affectionately into her mom as a cameras roll.

“The worse thing that we can suppose function is we pass and they sell this skill during a same time, afterwards all of a remarkable not usually have they mislaid Mom though they’re carrying to precipitate adult and get out of a house,” Hope said.

Ybarra pronounced that he was not wakeful of a TV speak until after it had happened and that he confronted his wife.

“She said, ‘We wish people to help,'” Ybarra said. “I said, ‘Why?’

“She finished it seem like we have no money. we pronounced my relatives can help. we come from a middle- to upper-class family. It was not a large understanding for me.”

Putscher pronounced some-more than $100,000 was lifted for her daughter’s family by that final fundraising effort. (Most of a supports lifted were after returned to donors or given to M.D. Anderson for cancer research, according to Putscher.)

Ybarra pronounced he was “totally against” a fundraiser.

“I always took a behind chair to it. we consider Susan is a good grandma though she needs some attention, too, sometimes, so we consider she took it to heart, ‘I’m going to assistance my daughter,'” Ybarra said. “And in her defense, Hope was unequivocally convincing. She had a tears. She played a partial perfect.”

But not prolonged after a square aired and before a dime of a donations could be spent – Hope’s lies would come crashing down.

“That’s when it all started. Her universe started crumbling,” Ybarra said.


With Hope’s cancer presumably behind and 0 some-more to be done, Putscher said, she was saying a grief advisor to cope with her daughter’s tentative death. Hope had already been given final rites by a priest.

“We had changed them into a home and set adult a hospice room for her,” Putscher said. “We had no clue.”

A ask from one of Hope’s physicians finally lifted suspicions in Putscher.

“The medicine told me he couldn’t find a medical annals on her before cancers and could we greatfully help,” Putscher said. “He asked if we know a names of a doctors that had treated her.”

Putscher began hunting.

“I went by her drawers looking for remedy bottles that competence have a name of a alloy on it. Couldn’t find any,” she recounted.

When Hope’s father got home, Putscher said, she asked him if he had online entrance to his insurance. He pronounced approbation and supposing her a password.

“There’s 0 on Hope,” Putscher pronounced she detected when looking for medical records. “Tons and tons and tons of things on 1/8the younger daughter3/8. But no CAT scan. No X-ray. No doctors appointments. No MRIs. No prescriptions.”

Early a successive morning, Putscher said, she went to a sanatorium where her daughter had been certified for pain government and waited for Hope’s medicine to arrive.

“When he got there, we pronounced we need to talk. We went into a private office. we said, ‘I consider my daughter has Munchausen syndrome,'” Putscher, who has had medical training, private revelation a doctor. “He said, ‘I can't repudiate that that’s my thought.'”

Though urged by her grief advisor not to confront her daughter, Putscher did so during a hospital.

“I did get her to confess to me it was loyal that she did not have cancer. When we asked her, ‘Why, Hope?’ Why would she do this? She told me, ‘It’s a usually time 1/8her husband3/8 pays any courtesy to me’ and that she indispensable to trust it,” Putscher said.

Putscher pronounced she refused to pierce her daughter home.

“‘We’re not withdrawal a sanatorium until we get certified into psych,'” she pronounced she told Hope. “‘You’re sick.'”

Almost immediately, a whinging doubt arose.

“It was my initial thought. If she doesn’t have cancer, does 1/8the daughter3/8 have cystic fibrosis?” Putscher said.


Putscher pronounced she pushed Hope’s father to get his younger daughter to bear another persperate test, charity to take a lady herself, though pronounced she met resistance.

“I was told unequivocally categorically that we indispensable to mind my possess business and he would take caring of his family like he always had,” Putscher said.

Ybarra pronounced he was primarily dissapoint with Putscher, who had asked him and his children to pierce out of her residence after Hope’s cancer hoax was revealed.

“Nobody can fathom a volume of startle that we were in during a time or a financial guilt that we were underneath with them vital underneath a roof,” Putscher said. “Our profession told us that we could be obliged for whatever she had done.”

Undeterred, Putscher called her granddaughter’s doctor, explaining that Hope had been untruthful about carrying cancer and that she feared that Hope competence have been fibbing about her daughter’s symptoms as well.

At CPS’ insistence, a lady was brought to Cook Children’s Medical Center for another array of persperate tests.

Hope – who had given been expelled from a sanatorium after a integrate of days in a psych ward, according to her mom – went with Ybarra and a children to Cook Children’s.

Marissa Glasschroeder, a child life dilettante during Cook Children’s who had worked with a Ybarras for years, after recounted for Weber how Hope seemed dissapoint and began to cry when they were told that a initial of a follow-up tests had come behind disastrous for cystic fibrosis.

“Ms. Glasschroeder settled that a consider had never cried during any of a victim’s prior medical procedures or diagnoses,” Weber wrote in an detain aver affidavit.

During a second persperate test, Hope was authorised to be benefaction though not alone with her daughter. Glasschroeder and a helper after told Weber that Hope had to be stopped from fiddling with her daughter’s bandage.

That test, as good as a third, would also come behind disastrous for cystic fibrosis.

Until a tests came behind negative, Ybarra said, he had found it tough to digest that his mom could do such a thing to their daughter.

“By that time, we knew it was real. In a behind of my mind, we pronounced I’ve got to figure a devise out now,” Ybarra said. “I knew something was going to happen. we didn’t know a border of it though we knew something was going to happen.”

CPS immediately put a reserve devise in place, exclusive Hope from hit with her children.

The state group also contacted Weber, who began a rapist investigation.

Hope shortly changed to Dallas, vital alone in an apartment.

Ybarra and a children changed to a residence in Saginaw, Texas. After being private from her mom’s care, a younger daughter showed evident signs of improvement. She was taken off all drugs and ate normally. She gained weight, underwent surgeries to have her pier and feeding tube removed, and was deemed 100 percent healthy.

“It was my shortcoming to tell her that she’s no longer sick,” Ybarra said. “I didn’t know what to do. You’re ill all these years and now, all of a remarkable you’re fine.”


In May 2009, a month after commencement his investigation, Weber perceived a phone call from Hope’s mother.

“I said, ‘Weber, we consider we need to come out here and we need to pierce hazmat,” Putscher recalled. “I don’t like what we usually found. we don’t wish it in my house. You need to come get it.”

Inside a storage bin underneath her guest bed, Putscher had detected 3 petri dishes stored among her daughter’s personal papers and belongings. They were reliable to be from a curative association from that Hope had recently been fired.

“The FBI came out with me, actually, and ecstatic a dishes to their lab in Quantico 1/8Va.3/8,” Weber said.

Investigators trust that Hope used a pathogens to make her daughter sick.

“Hope had entrance to 9 pathogens during her workplace,” Weber said. “Four of those pathogens had shown adult in her daughter.”

Writing on a dishes showed they had once contained Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, a micro-organism that can means skin and respiratory infections common in cystic fibrosis patients.

A examination of some-more than 5,000 pages of medical annals by Dr. Jamye Coffman of Cook Children’s Medical Center shows that Hope’s younger daughter had tested certain 5 times between 2006 and 2008 for several pathogens, including a dual once contained in a petri dishes.

In her 2009 speak with Weber, Hope concurred hidden pathogens from work. She would usually admit, however, to putting Pseudomonas aeruginosa and after Staphylococcus aureus into cups containing her daughter’s sputum (coughed-up phlegm) samples.

“Never in my daughter,” she insisted to Weber.

Weber, however, pronounced he suspects that Hope was regulating her daughter’s nebulizer, a device that administers remedy in a form of a obscurity that is inhaled – to broadcast a pathogens.

To support his theory, he points to a fact that a pathogens were detected several times in swabs of a girl’s throat.

“When they did a range of her lungs, they found salmonella,” Weber said. “Salmonella does not get there. we talked to a doctor, he was like, ‘We’ve never seen that micro-organism in that location.’

“So how did it get there? Nebulizer,” Weber speculates.

In her jail interview, Hope pronounced she does not remember what she did with a pathogens.

“I might have been putting them – and I’m stretching here – in her respirating treatments to try to get her to have pulmonary infections, to make her sick,” Hope said. “But if we would have put them in her 1/8bloodstream3/8, she would have gotten really, unequivocally sick. You know, septic.”


Weber was scheming to obtain a aver for Hope’s detain on a assign of damage to a child when he got word that she had been hospitalized after collapsing in her Dallas apartment.

Weber talked to a alloy during a hospital, who reported Hope had suffered a mind damage and would expected never be functioning routinely again. Hope says now that this was her initial diabetic coma.

Convinced she was faking, Weber said, he called a amicable workman during a hospital, pity Hope’s story of creation adult things and requesting a favor.

“‘If there’s some spectacle recovery, can we give me a call?'” Weber pronounced he asked. “Two days later, she calls me. ‘She’s sitting up. She’s talking. The alloy is job it a miracle.'”

Hope was eliminated to a long-term caring trickery for a successive month and a half.

“I talked to a alloy during a rehab facility,” Weber said. “He pronounced they would exam her memory on created tests and it would be terrible though whenever he talked to her in chairman about her family, she had a unequivocally good memory, so it was inconsistent. He felt she was malingering.

“We arrested her a day they expelled her.”

Booked into a Tarrant County Jail in Oct 2009, Hope after wrote dual letters to state District Judge Wayne Salvant, insisting she was a good mom and pleading for her bail to be reduced.

“Our family needs to be together for a consequence of a children’s well-being,” she wrote.

Hope pronounced during her jail speak that she was vigilant on holding her box to conference until her court-appointed profession hired a private investigator. Based on a investigator’s findings, Hope said, her profession urged her to recur a prosecutor’s defence offer of 10 years in prison.

“My profession positive me that it wasn’t going to get any improved than 10 and it was in my best seductiveness to go forward and beg out before it got any worse,” Hope said.

On Oct. 18, 2010, Hope pleaded guilty and was condemned to 10 years in prison. She was given credit for a one year she had spent in jail available trial.

“It could have been so unequivocally many worse,” Hope pronounced she realizes now.

She pronounced that if prosecutors had satisfied all she’d apparently done, she now believes they wouldn’t have charity a defence deal.

“I consider there was a good possibility we would have been hung,” she said.

Though Ybarra had continued to revisit his mom in a Tarrant County Jail, he pronounced it was not out of support though rather to find out where she kept a kids’ birth certificates, Social Security cards and a family’s stormy day fund.

“I knew we was going to be on my possess forever,” Ybarra said.

When Hope went to prison, Ybarra said, he explained to their younger daughter, “Mommy is ill right now and she had to get better.”

Because of her immature age during a time her mom was jailed, a daughter has tiny memory of what her mom did to her, usually a earthy scars.

The dual comparison children know that their mom is in jail though not all of a sum about what sent her there.

“If they ever ask, I’ll tell them what they wish to know,” Ybarra said. “They’re comparison so it’s kind of like a unwashed tiny secret. We speak about all else solely that.”

Ybarra stopped visiting Hope once she went to jail though pronounced he still spasmodic sent her letters, including cinema of a kids and a tiny money. A time or two, he enclosed letters from a children.

“I still feel she is a mom of my kids,” he explained.

He certified he also led Hope to trust he still cared about her as a approach of hidden her to extend him a divorce though a long, costly battle.

“I had to play her diversion … ,” he said.

The divorce was finalized in 2012.

“The notation that divorce became final, all stopped,” Hope said. “I don’t get letters from them. we don’t get letters from him.”

Ybarra pronounced his mom still sends him letters for a children about once a month though he no longer lets a children see them given “it took a fee on a kids.” He pronounced a summary Hope writes is always a same: “I skip you. I’m sorry.”

“I review them, and afterwards we chuck them away,” he says.


In similar to be interviewed by a Star-Telegram, Hope explained that opening adult is assisting her get better.

But signs of her past still exist.

In a 90-minute interview, she primarily spoke as a deaf chairman would, dotting her examination with pointer language. She carried a yellow label in a slot of her white jail jumpsuit that identifies her as a hearing-impaired inmate.

As a speak continued, however, a debate snag fast waned, resurfacing usually after she was asked either she is tough of conference or if it’s usually another ruse.

Hope insisted that she is not faking, dropping her conduct and relocating her hair to expose a hardly manifest injure that she claims came from her cochlear implant. Since being imprisoned, Hope explained, a implant’s outmost processor has broken, withdrawal her incompetent to hear.

Don’t trust it, pronounced Hope’s mother, who gives her daughter 0 credibility.

Putscher pronounced her daughter had claimed her heard nerves were damaged around Jan 2002 during deviation diagnosis for a mind tumor. She pronounced she doesn’t trust that Hope’s cochlear make was necessary.

She called Hope’s debate impediment, that usually flush after Hope was sent to prison, usually another act.

“The final time we visited, she was pulling that whole thing,” Putscher said. “She had a deaf label in her pocket. Her father said, ‘You can dump a whole deaf act, or we’re out of here.’ “

Putscher pronounced her daughter fast began vocalization normally.

Also in doubt are Hope’s claimed memory problems brought on by diabetic comas that started right before her detain and have continued in prison. Prison officials would not endorse Hope’s medical issues, citing confidentiality laws.

“… When sugarine crashes like that, it does some flattering bad things to your brain, and unfortunately, that’s what I’ve got now and that’s for real,” Hope said.

Putscher pronounced she believes that her daughter is a crisp diabetic, though she has stopped promulgation Hope income in jail given she believes her daughter is formulating these diabetic episodes by binging on junk food bought from a jail vending machines.

Weber calls it a “very available forgive not to remember something she doesn’t wish to remember.”


Hope pronounced she is given remedy in jail for basin though pronounced she receives no conversing or diagnosis for her tendencies to lie.

“There’s not a tablet they can give for that. It’s a choice,” she said.

Dr. Marc Feldman, remarkable Munchausen syndrome by substitute expert, echoed those concerns: “We don’t have a good treatment. We don’t know how to get to these mothers. We don’t know how to mangle by a denial.”

Where Hope will go once she’s expelled from jail is uncertain.

Her mother, for one, is not assured that Hope will be prepared to re-enter society, deliberation a miss of diagnosis she has received.

“I don’t feel like they’re treating a underlying illness that brought this about,” Putscher said. “When we put a drug addict in prison, we send them to a detox module given we wish them to be successful when they come behind on a streets.

“What she did was a crime. She deserves to compensate a time, though we destroy to see how she’s going to be re-entering multitude if a emanate behind her committing those crimes is not addressed.”

Putscher pronounced that while she is open to carrying a attribute with her daughter, she will not concede Hope to live with her.

“It’s good to see her and to cuddle her … though we can get sucked into her play given we can’t know either it’s genuine or not,” Putscher said.

Hope pronounced she is confident that she can reconnect with her children though knows “it’s their choice.”

“I can’t make them. I’ve already harm them enough,” Hope said. “I urge as they get older, they’ll contend OK.”

Ybarra pronounced dual of their children will be in college when Hope is released.

“I’ll leave it adult to them. By that time, they’ll know a full story,” Ybarra said. “I do save some letters 1/8from Hope3/8 revelation me, ‘I messed up. we know what we did.’ we saved those so they can review them.”

He pronounced a couple’s younger daughter will be 15 when Hope gets out.

He pronounced he skeleton to tell her about her mom when she is a tiny comparison and as she becomes mortified and confused by a scars on her body.

“I’m certain she’s suspicion about it, though she hasn’t asked me those questions,” Ybarra said.

Hope pronounced she skeleton to find therapy when she gets out. She pronounced that usually in a past year has she come to grips with her lies.

“It’s saying what people around me do,” she pronounced of being in prison. “I’ve seen people feign illness on a unchanging basement to get courtesy or get out of work or get off a dorm, get changed or whatever, and comprehend as we watch these people doing these things, that’s me. That’s me.”

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