FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A judge in Tarrant County sentenced Shawna Renae Bieber to 12 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of attempted injury to a child with serious bodily injury.
Bieber was arrested in 2019 after cameras at Cook Children’s Medical Center captured her twice squeezing her 7-month-old daughter so tight that she was deprived of oxygen, the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office explained in a news release Wednesday, Dec. 16.READ MORE: Dallas Wings Partner With American Cancer Society To Shrink Health Equity Gap
“Any time you suffocate a baby, you deserve to go to prison,” said Katie Owens, an assistant criminal district attorney in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit. “Justice was served for Lonna, who is happy and healthy now. We are grateful to the Sheriff’s Department for conducting a thorough investigation.”READ MORE: City of Dallas Re-Launches In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations, Opting For Moderna Instead of Johnson & Johnson
This is the latest alleged local case of what is commonly called Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which a person exaggerates or creates medical symptoms to another person to gain attention.
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