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Woman accused of intentionally poisoning girl in her care

Lead Poisoning
Posted at 2:17 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 14:17:00-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A woman has been accused of intentionally poisoning a girl in her care by making her take excessive amounts of iron supplements, damaging her liver.

The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/1QhomBo ) that arrest records show 38-year-old Shauna Dee Taylor was extradited to Jacksonville Dec. 3 after being arrested in Albany, New York, on a warrant issued in September. She's charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

Duval County's case against Taylor stems from a series of medical procedures in 2013 after which three medical professionals ruled that Taylor intentionally poisoned the girl.

Authorities say the charges seem to constitute a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which involve caretakers who purposely harm a child to gain attention or sympathy.

The victim's age and her relation to Taylor haven't been released.