Jessica Gasser accused of Munchausen by proxy

Jessica Gasser (Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office)

A 27-year-old mother in Texas was arrested after she allegedly subjected her 3-year-old daughter to multiple unnecessary medical procedures and surgeries, a condition also known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Jessica Gasser was taken into custody on Friday following a monthlong investigation into the accusations and charged on suspicion of injury to a child, according to the Tarrant County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office.

Gasser has not yet been formally charged by prosecutors. However, in an affidavit submitted for the issuance of a warrant for Gasser’s arrest earlier this month, investigators claim they have evidence indicating that Gasser should be charged with felony injury to a child — bodily injury.

In a Facebook post, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday asked for public assistance in gathering evidence against Gasser. Specifically, TCSO requested that anyone who has had “social media contact” with Gasser to contact the sheriff’s office, claiming Gasser has explicitly stated her intention to delete any communications related to the case against her.

“Jessica Gasser is the subject of a medical child abuse case in which she allegedly had multiple unnecessary medical procedures performed on her 3-year-old child,” the sheriff’s office said in the post. “She recently sent messages to a friend stating she would delete all social media posts about her child’s health, including private messages. If you have been in contact with her via social media or text message, please contact Detective Michael Weber at 817-884-3749.”

TCSO noted that Gasser has allegedly been abusing her young daughter for “an unknown amount of time,” and previously used the screen name “MedicalMamaJess” on various social media accounts.

Jessica Gasser accused of Munchausen by proxy

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