Mother giving 8-year-old daughter Botox injections is a hoax
June 1, 2011
A mother from California who said she injected her 8-year-old daughter with Botox eventually admitted to making up the story in exchange for money. She claimed she was injecting her daughter because she was entering into a competitive beauty pageant, according to the Associated Press.
San Francisco Human Services Agency Officials investigated the case and initially took young Britney Upton out of her mother, Sheena Upton’s care, but now returned her under supervised custody.
The duo first appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, where Kerry defended her choice to administer the anti-aging treatment on her daughter.
"It's a tough world in the pageant world, I'm telling you," she said during the program. "The kids are harsh."
Now that their story has been exposed to be false, Upton states that she used fake syringes and never injected anything into her daughter. The mother told TMZ it was “an acting job. I wasn’t doing anything. I would never harm my daughter.”
Botox is used to treat wrinkling around the eyes and mouth, as well as excessive sweating. While the treatment has helped many adults combat the signs of aging and maintain a youthful appearance, it is not intended or approved for children.
Additionally, Botox should only be administered under the care of a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Those seeking plastic surgery information should contact a medical professional or visit the website for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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