Caring mother or mentally ill monster? Tracy McHugh abused and tortured her children while suffering with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. A team approach to this complex case led to her arrest and conviction for aggravated child abuse. With a family torn apart, the Roberts’ family took in the victims of this heinous crime. This is their story of mending broken hearts and healing wounded spirits.
This session will be co-presented by Detective Richard Rose and Jessie Roberts on Monday, November 12 of JOINING FORCES from 1:15 – 2:45 pm, and again on Tuesday from 1:15 – 2:45 pm.
Detective Rose graduated from Florida State University in 1991 with degrees in political science and religion. He completed a master’s degree in counseling with emphasis on marriage and family therapy from Webster University. He worked as a Child Protection Team Case Coordinator at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women from 1991-1997. While at APH Detective Rose conducted over 800 forensic interviews of children suspected of being abused.
Approximately six years ago, Jessie Roberts’ family doubled overnight when she and her husband took in two children. One of them was Lizzy, a victim of aggravated child abuse perpetrated by her mother, Tracy McHugh. Tracy was my sister-in-law and was diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome.
Richard Rose is also presenting a workshop titled, “Juvenile Sex Offenders, Secrets and Sealed Records” on Monday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Click on the title to see a full description.