A white woman from Washington state forced her to adopt a 6-year-old who had to undergo multiple unnecessary surgeries and required more than 470 treatments, officials said.
Sophie Hartman, 31, had her adopted daughter wear leg braces and go under the knife for an operation to install a feeding tube and a tube to empty the child’s intestines.
Hartman is currently being charged with second degree child abuse and attempted child abuse. In cases where medical professionals call “Medical Child Abuse”
Dr. Rebecca Weaster, director of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Wrote in a letter dated February 19 prompting an investigation by the Children̵7;s Department. “There is no need to know the possible motivations of the caregiver. only the result of behavior” and youth
a letter stating that the child has The “deep risk” was co-signed by other doctors and is part of a bill filed by the King County Attorney’s Office posted by KING15 ABC.
Hartman was charged after the child, referred to by the initials CH, had been observed for 16 days for her numerous ailments and treatments.
“During the treatment No symptoms were found or reported to support her previous diagnosis,” the bill filed May 24 said.
“All available evidence obtained during her admission suggests that CH is a healthy 6-year-old who will continue to benefit from lower levels of medical support and making Her childhood experiences have returned to normal.”
Children are forced into the process. In July 2017, she had a tube inserted into her intestines to empty her intestines.
And the child’s mother-in-law is asking for hormone-enhancing surgery to deter premature puberty, prosecutors said.
Hartman was informed by this child. which was removed from care in March No leg support or wheelchair needed. But she still forced CH to use these devices. according to the billing document
“Furthermore, fundraising has been carried out during this time. And the defendant used the fundraising fund to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle,” the document states.
while everything goes on She allegedly told someone CH could “leave us at any time,” and investigators said they found after a court order that Hartman conducted an Internet search that included “funeral songs” and “how to get them. money to care family members with disabilities.”
In a 2019 interview with KING 5, Hartman said that she had adopted two sisters from Zambia. and said one had a rare neurological disorder called childhood hemiplegia (AHC).
“I know you’re walking. But yesterday she was paralyzed all day,” Hartman said at the moment.
Children received wishes from the Make-a-Wish Foundation in 2019, Q13 Fox reported, in a video featuring the Hartman Foundation discussing the impact of AHC.
In a statement, Q13 Make a Wish said it was disappointed by the allegations.
“This is a very serious allegation. and any threats The impact on the welfare of children is inconsistent with the child-centered goals of our mission,” the statement said.
“We hope this will be resolved as soon as possible in the best interests of the child.”
Hartman’s lawyers, in a statement to KING, said the allegations were false.
“A doctor from Seattle Children’s Hospital Most of the people behind the charges are not experts in the disease,” Shapiro said, according to the station.
“She may have little or no experience with the disease.”