Mother ‘repeatedly choked her 15-month-old son while the boy was in the hospital’

A mother was caught on camera multiple times  choking her 15-month old son while he was in the hospital receiving treatment,  police said.

Dashana Oldham, 20, allegedly choked him at  least eight times within an hour and 20-minute period at a children’s hospital  in Indianapolis.

Doctors at the hospital had hooked him on a  video EEG to monitor the boy’s symptoms.


Caught: Dashana Oldham was caught on video choking her  son while he was in the hospital being monitored for breathing  problems

According to the Indy Star, Oldham had been  taking her son to Riley Children’s Hospital for a few months because the boy’s  extremities would turn blue and he would lose consciousness.

When the doctors noted significant dips in  the boy’s oxygen levels, they looked to his EKG video, which revealed Oldham  choking him.

She then tells her son: ‘Just go night,  night,’ according to the court documents.

The documents also state that Oldham  continued to choke her son even after he had vomited, but asks him, ‘Are you  okay?’

At that point, the oxygen alarm went off, and  the video shows Oldham calmly pressing the nurse call button, according to the  Indy Star.

However, as the probable cause affidavit  notes, her son’s symptoms were due to proxy symptoms of Munchausen syndrome – that is, when a person acts as though they have a physical disorder when they in  fact have caused the symptoms.

The 20-year-old mother also said that she was  only trying to administer CPR to her son in the video.

Later, she told police that she was not  trying to kill her son, but if she had that goal in mind, would have used more  pressure.

Oldham has been charged with six counts of  aggravated battery, as well as six counts of neglect of a  dependent.

She is being held on $40,000 bond.


The syndrome, named after an 18th century  German officer known to embellish his stories – is a made-up disorder or mental  illness where a patient acts as if they have a symptom or mental  issue.

The truth is, though, the patient causes the  disorder themselves. Some examples of the syndrome are people faking cancer,  infections, and skin disorders.

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