Botox Mom – Was it a Hoax?

Last week the story of a California mom that claimed to have injected her 8-year-old daughter with botox so that she could have the perfect skin for pageants rocked the Internet.

‘Kerry Campbell’ appeared on Good Morning America and showed photos of what appeared to be her giving injections to her daughter Britney.   During the interview Britney said she wanted the injections to be beautiful even though they hurt.

Not long after the media frenzy hit Kerry was visited by authorities and Britney was taken away as a result of her admission.

Today, TMZ is reporting that they have a document from Sheena Upton(Kerry’s real name), saying she lied about giving her daughter Botox injections in order to make money. She says she was approached by UK newspaper The Sun, and asked “to play the role of Kerry Campbell” for a story called “I Give My 8-Year-Old Daughter Botox.”

She was provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview by The Sun for a $200 fee.

Good Morning America and Inside Edition saw the piece and offered  “a large fee” to her to appear on camera.  She went on both shows and re-told her story.

The cash stricken mom has now written a declaration (which was signed under penalty of perjury), reneging on her original story, “so her lawyer can secure full rights to custody of her daughter.”

She says professionals agree with her declaration, because on May 17, she took Britney to the UCLA Medical Center and says,

“After my daughter received a full medical exam, the results indicated that she has not ever received treatments including Botox or other such injections.”

Child welfare officials have now returned her daughter to her with the provison that a cousin would stay with her and the child for the time being.

An ABC News spokesman told TMZ,

“We have just seen the sworn declaration on TMZ written by Sheena Upton, a.k.a. Kerry Campbell , and are vigorously investigating her most recent statement and rapidly shifting story.”

“Good Morning America has repeatedly questioned Upton, members of her family, and other sources who again and again stood by the Botox story.”

“Good Morning America is solely interested in getting to the truth and will share with our audience any new information that we find.”

The whole thing is really sad.  True or not. Two-hundred dollars.  Really?  That’s all it would take to go on record saying that you injected your daughter with a toxic substance?  The Sun should be fined for falsifying such a disgusting story.

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Lisa Arneill

Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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