June 5, 1996 |
Eight years ago, foster mother Yvonne Eldridge was honored at the White House for her dedication to her children. On Tuesday she faced up to seven years in prison for abusing them. Eldridge, 44, cried when a Contra Costa County Superior Court jury delivered the verdict Monday after two days of deliberations.
May 10, 1996 |
A woman once named "mother of the year" by Nancy Reagan was in court for allegedly abusing two foster children in her care in a case that prosecutors attributed to a rare psychological disorder. Prosecutors allege that Yvonne Eldridge starved the two girls and told doctors they suffered from a long list of problems that included vomiting, constipation, seizures, lack of appetite, dehydration, migraine headaches and acute diarrhea.
May 24, 1992 |
Michele and Bill Beideman desperately want their baby back. The question is: Should they get him? It has been an agonizing seven months since the Las Vegas mother took her son, Corbin, 2 1/2, to UCLA Medical Center to find out why he was underweight and sickly--and seven months since doctors refused to return him. A UCLA medical team says the baby is healthy, that it's Michele, 29, who is sick.
May 12, 1991
Please pass on a hearty "well done" to Shari Roan for her revealing articles on factitious disorders, ("Playing for Sympathy" and "The Factitious Career: Faking the Faces of Illness," April 21). Her accuracy and research do her credit. These cases test the acumen and patience of any physician and will even set physicians at odds with each other over diagnosis and treatment. The cases we have discovered in our hospital are known to all floors and are well known to the emergency room, where they often come at night to test the discernment of almost every new physicians on call.
April 21, 1991 |
Faking illness isn't uncommon. Children do it all the time. Even adults find plenty of reasons to become ill. Malingerers, for example, are people who fabricate illness or injury because of an obvious incentive: to avoid work or military duty or to obtain financial compensation, says psychologist Paul Lees-Haley. Lees-Haley, a well-known researcher on malingering, tells of one young man committed to a mental institution for schizophrenia who refused to cooperate in his treatment.