North Texas boy in Munchausen by proxy case is improving

- The father of a boy who thought he'd been sick all his life says he's doing much better.

The boy's mother is facing charges of abuse after police arrested her for making her child ill. The third grader has been with his father for a little more than a month after a judge awarded him temporary custody.

Both parents were in court on Monday. Through their attorneys, they traded concerns including what’s being said on social media and in news interviews.

Christopher Bowen is now in third grade. His dad, Ryan Crawford, says he is healthy and thriving after years of reported abuse allegedly at the hand of the boy’s mother, Kaylene Bowen-Wright.

It was said in court Monday that Bowen-Wright was diagnosed with Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a mental condition in which usually a parent creates symptoms and health-related issues with their child to generate attention or sympathy.

Bowen-Wright is out of jail on bond. Criminal investigators have said she subjected Christopher to over a dozen surgeries and hundreds of doctor visits and hospital stays. They said she once claimed he had cancer in an effort to get him on the lung transplant list.

In court on Monday, attorneys affirmed Christopher is now healthy and off all medication. His dad has temporary custody and is seeking permanent full custody.

“He understands he's healthy. He doesn't need medication,” Crawford said. “Mentally, I’m sure there are things that need to happen, therapy wise. But he is very, very happy, healthy and understands he has no medical issues."

With her attorney, Bowen-Wright expressed frustration about Crawford's social media posts and remarks in interviews allegedly accusing her of abusing their son. There was also discussion about money generated through crowdfunding accounts set up that were appealing for help with Christopher’s medical expenses.

No decisions were made in court on Monday. A permanent custody hearing date was set for March 7.

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