A white woman from Washington state forced her adopted black 6-year-old to undergo numerous unnecessary surgeries and more than 470 medical treatments, authorities said.
Sophie Hartman, 31, had her adopted daughter wear leg braces and go under the knife for surgeries to install a feeding tube and a tube to flush out the child’s intestines.
Hartman is now facing second degree charges of assault of a child and attempted assault of a child in a case medical experts are calling “medical child abuse.”
“It is not necessary to know the possible motivation of a caregiver, only the outcome of the behavior,” Dr. Rebecca Wiester, director of the Seattle Children’s Hospital, wrote in a Feb. 19 letter that prompted an investigation by the Department of Children and Youth.
The letter, which said the child was at “profound risk,” was co-signed by other physicians and was part of the charging document from the King County’s prosecutor’s office, posted by KING15 ABC.