Heather and Josh Coffey

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Hooked and Took

Jamestown, KY

#1 May 10, 2012
Beware of these 2. They are liers and cons! They ask to borrow money leading you to believe their son is very ill and unable to pay bills. They have "borrowed" from me on more than one occasion and I have now found out they have "borrowed" (I say this with sarcasm because that's what they claim even though I have never been repaid) from other people with different excuses for needing it as well as different uses for it. They will take advantage of the kind hearts in the community. Their son has had some "illness" however there has never been a diagnosis given. They claim he is going to be disabled but he appears to be a smart healthy young boy, playing and doing the things kids his age do without any signs of disabilities. Please becareful as they will take what ever they can get from you. They have been evicted from several places they live, yet a few months ago went and bought several expensive items like an ATV. I just feel I should let others know so they don't fall victim as I have.
hello

Livingston, TN

#2 May 11, 2012
Don't you have anything better to do than to run your mouth! It is not our place to judge! Hope you don't go to church! God sees all!! Have a nice day!
Hooked and Took

Jamestown, KY

#3 May 12, 2012
Why would you hope anyone doesn't go to church and why would that matter anyway. I'm stating facts that I know and giving other people in our community the opportunity to know what these 2 have done to me and others. They can then decide for themselves if they wish to give a handout to them but at least they have information to do with what they want. I and others didn't have this information so we were taken advantage of. I'm not judging anyone, I am simply telling what I know and what has happened to me.You also have a nice day.
hello

Livingston, TN

#4 May 14, 2012
I plan on it thank you! At least I am not on here talking bout anyone! The reason I said I hope you don't go to church is cause you are on here talking bout someone! If you can't say something nice then say nothing at all!!!!!! Your opinion is just that and yes you are judging! If they have done wrong then let God take cate of it. Its not your place to do that!!!
Hooked and Took

Jamestown, KY

#5 May 15, 2012
Again, I am not stating an opinion, I am stating facts that have taken place and included me and others I know. There is no judgment in that. I do not think God would want me or anyone to sit back and allow others to be taken advantage of without at least trying to warn them. Again, it is the others choice if they want to give to them but at least they have been informed. If I had come to you on more than one occasion and asked for money to pay for food, gas, bills and you later found out that I purchased tickets to a concert, or had got new fishing poles and that my electric was turned off for not paying, or I had been evicted because I didn't pay rent, then you found out I had gone to other people and done the same thing ($20 here $20 there = enough to purchase things such as mentioned). Would you not feel taken advantage of? Wouldn't you feel you should let other people know so they aren't hurt? The money I gave didn't put me in a financial bind, however, some people it could have and did. Some people had to wait another 2 weeks to get paid again so they could do the things they had planned to do while H & J were out enjoying a nice dinner or playing on their 4wheeler yet they "didn't have gas" to get back and forth to work.
Info

Russell Springs, KY

#6 May 16, 2012
Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP or MBP) is a controversial label for a behavior pattern in which a caregiver deliberately exaggerates, fabricates, and/or induces physical, psychological, behavioral, and/or mental health problems in those who are in their care.[1] With deception at its core, this behavior is an elusive, potentially lethal, and frequently misunderstood form of child abuse[2] or medical neglect[3] that has been difficult to define, detect and confirm.

The name "Münchausen syndrome by proxy" is derived from Münchausen syndrome, but it is important to distinguish one from the other, as they describe very different (but related) conditions. People with Münchausen syndrome have a profound need to assume the sick role, and will exaggerate complaints, falsify tests, and/or self-inflict illnesses.[4] MSbP perpetrators, by contrast, are willing to fulfill their need for positive attention by hurting their own child, thereby assuming the sick role by proxy. At times, they are also able to assume the hero role and garner still more positive attention, by appearing to care for and 'save' their child.

In Münchausen by Proxy syndrome, an adult caregiver either makes a child appear sick by fabricating symptoms, or actually causes harm to the child, in order to gain the attention of medical providers and others. In order to perpetuate the medical relationship, the caregiver systematically misrepresents symptoms, fabricates signs, manipulates laboratory tests, or even purposefully harms the child (e.g. by poisoning, suffocation, infection, physical injury).[5] Studies have shown a mortality rate of between 6% and 10% of MSbP victims, making it perhaps the most lethal form of child abuse.

A study published in 2003 reviewed 451 documented cases of MSbP. The average age of the victims at diagnosis was 4 years old; slightly over half of the victims were aged 24 months or younger, and 75% of victims were under six years old. The average duration from onset of symptoms to diagnosis was 22 months. Six percent of the victims were dead, mostly from apnea (a common result of smothering) or anorexia, and 7% suffered long-term or permanent injury. About half of the victims have siblings; 25% of the known siblings were dead, and 61% of siblings had symptoms similar to the victim or that were otherwise suspicious. The victim's mother was the perpetrator in 76.5% of the cases, the father in 6.7%.

In the above study, most victims presented with about three medical problems in some combination out of 103 different reported symptoms. The most frequently reported problems are apnea (26.8% of cases), anorexia / feeding problems (24.6% of cases), diarrhea (20%), seizures (17.5%), cyanosis (blue skin)(11.7%), behavior (10.4%), asthma (9.5%), allergy (9.3%), and fevers (8.6%).[9] Other symptoms include failure to thrive, vomiting, bleeding, rash and infections.[8][10] Many of these symptoms are easy to fake because they are subjective. For example, reports that "my baby had a fever last night" are impossible to prove or disprove. The number and variety of presented symptoms contributes to the difficulty in reaching a proper MSbP diagnosis.

In the above study, most victims presented with about three medical problems in some combination out of 103 different reported symptoms. The most frequently reported problems are apnea (26.8% of cases), anorexia / feeding problems (24.6% of cases), diarrhea (20%), seizures (17.5%), cyanosis (blue skin)(11.7%), behavior (10.4%), asthma (9.5%), allergy (9.3%), and fevers (8.6%).[9] Other symptoms include failure to thrive, vomiting, bleeding, rash and infections.[8][10] Many of these symptoms are easy to fake because they are subjective. For example, reports that "my baby had a fever last night" are impossible to prove or disprove. The number and variety of presented symptoms contributes to the difficulty in reaching a proper MSbP diagnosis.
Info

Russell Springs, KY

#7 May 16, 2012
The primary distinguishing feature that differentiates MSbP from 'typical' physical child abuse is the degree of premeditation involved. Whereas most physical abuse entails lashing out at a child in response to some behavior (eg, crying, bedwetting, spilling food), assaults on the MSbP victim tend to be unprovoked and planned.[11]

Also unique to this form of abuse is the role that health care providers play by actively, albeit unintentionally, enabling the abuse. By reacting to the concerns and demands of perpetrators, medical professionals are manipulated into a partnership of child maltreatment.[5] Challenging cases that defy simple medical explanations may send health care providers trying in vain to pursue unusual or rare diagnoses, thus allocating even more time to the child and the abuser. Even without prompting, medical professionals may be easily seduced into prescribing diagnostic tests and therapies that are at best uncomfortable and costly, and at worst potentially injurious to the child.[3] If the health practitioner instead resists ordering further tests, drugs, procedures, surgeries, or specialists, the MSbP abuser makes the medical system appear as the bad guy for refusing to help her poor sick child and his selfless mother.[5] Similar to those with Münchausen Syndrome, MSbP perpetrators are known to switch medical providers frequently, until they find one that is willing to meet her level of need; this practice is known as "doctor shopping" or "hospital hopping".

Münchausen by Proxy can also have many long-term emotional effects on a child. Child victims learn that they are most likely to receive the positive maternal attention they crave when they are playing the sick role in front of health care providers. Many case reports describe MSbP victims who grow into Münchausen syndrome patients or continue the pattern of MSbP abuse in their own children.[12] Seeking personal gratification through illness can thus become a lifelong and multi-generational disorder.[5][13]

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