Woman wanted in apparent Munchausen case arrested

Danica Alexandria Harrison. (Temple Police Dept. photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas woman, who, according to police, manipulated the medical staff at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple “into performing unnecessary surgery and procedures on her 9-month-old daughter,” was in custody Thursday evening.

Danica Alexandria Harrison, who is from the Bryan-College Station area, was named in a warrant charging injury to a child/intentional bodily injury.

College Station police arrested her Thursday evening.

The warrant was issued on Tuesday following an investigation that started after officers were sent to the hospital on March 12, 2018 “after medical staff observed concerning behavior from the mother of a patient.”

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a mental health problem in which parents or caregivers either invent or actually cause an illness or injury to a person in their care.

The victims are most often small children, experts say.