JOINING FORCES: Prosecuting the Munchausen by Proxy (Medical Child Abuse) Case

This presentation will illustrate, using actual cases, the reality of this form of child abuse. Common circumstances that circumstances that identify such a case will be discussed along with what experts must do to identify the underlying behavior that jeopardized children’s health and welfare. Although many of these cases have been handled in the child welfare system, none have been criminally prosecuted in Utah, despite the fact that definitions contained int eh child abuse statute cover this form of abuse. Participants who investigate such cases will be encouraged to refer appropriate cases for screening of appropriate criminal charges. Participants who prosecute child abuse cases will be encouraged to file such cases and will be provided with the tools needed to file a MSBP or Medical Child Abuse case.

This workshop will be co-presented by Rob Parrish and Karen Hansen on Monday, November 12 from 3:00 until 4:30 pm.

Dr. Karen Hansen has worked in the field of child abuse and neglect for 27 years as a member of the Safe and Healthy Families team at Primary Children’s Medical Center and the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. She is board certified and recertified in general pediatrics, and is board certified in child abuse pediatrics.

Rob Parrish began his legal career with the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 1980.  Through many years of work as an appellate and trial attorney, he gravitated to the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, becoming a nationally recognized expert in prosecuting cases involving physical abuse and murder of children.

Rob Parrish will also be presenting “Beyond Mandatory Reporting: Improving Cooperation Between Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services and Prosecutors” with Laura Thompson from 1:15 until 2:45 pm on Monday.

Register today for JOINING FORCES. A full agenda of the conference can be viewed here. It is less that a week away!


JOINING FORCES: Beyond Munchausen by Proxy: Medical Child Abuse

This fascinating presentation will focus on the paradigm for what has been called Munchausen by Proxy, redefining the elements of the condition that focus on the child as a victim of abuse by the medical system driven by a parent or caregiver. This workshop will discuss how medical professionals are influenced by a parent to perform medical tests/procedures that may be unnecessary and potentially harmful. A psychologist will describe the role of mental health in evaluation and potential treatment of such parents/caregivers in the context of the family and the child.

Lori Frasier and Brian Thorn will be dual-presenting this workshop on Monday November 12 of the Joining Forces Conference from 10:15 – 11:45 am.

Brian L. Thorn is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years experience working with children and adults impacted by child abuse in a wide range of settings.  He earned his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.  For the past 10+ years he has been providing clinical, forensic, and assessment services to children and families at Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families where he is also actively engaged in the training and supervision of psychology interns, graduate students, and psychiatry residents from the University of Utah.

Dr. Frasier graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and received her MD degree from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Washington/Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, followed by a fellowship in child abuse at the University of Washington.  Dr. Frasier has served on the faculties of the University of Iowa, University of Missouri-Columbia, and currently is a Professor (clinical) at the University of Utah of School of Medicine. Dr. Frasier is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.  She is the director of the fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the University of Utah.

Dr. Lori Frasier is also presenting a session titled, “The Prosecution of a Case of Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome” from 1:15 – 2:45 pm this same day.

To see a brochure with a list of all the workshops at this year’s JOINING FORCES conference, click here.