Teen at center of hospital battle will stay in Illinois - KCTV5


Teen at center of hospital battle will stay in Illinois

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A 16-year-old teen who is at the center of a custody battle between a Chicago hospital and a Kansas City area mother will stay in protective custody in Illinois.

Isaiah Rider suffers from a painful condition that causes tumors to grow on his nerves.

Michelle Rider says she is just a worried mother trying to do the best for her son but the Lurie Children's Hospital has accused her of purposefully sickening her son, exaggerating his symptoms, dragging him from hospital to hospital.

As a result, the two sides are embroiled in the custody dispute.

Rider is accused of Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a rare form of child abuse in which a caregiver exaggerates or fabricates a child's symptoms in order to get attention and sympathy. In some cases, the loved one may purposefully sicken or injure a child so that they get treatment or be hospitalized.

The teen has been in hospitals in five different states in the past 18 months. His mother says she is just trying to get her son the best possible care and it's not something negative. She said her son's condition and pain and suffering are real and is not her fault.

The teen has posted videos saying he wants to come home with his mom to Kansas City. However, a judge ruled for him to remain in temporary custody of the state.

Another hearing could be scheduled in the next 30 to 60 days.

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