Hereford & Worcester

Mother 'poisoned daughter' with unnecessary medication

A mother poisoned her daughter with medication for a variety of conditions the girl did not have, a court has heard.

Mary Kidson, 55, from Ledbury in Herefordshire, is alleged to have given her daughter the drugs between 2010 and last year.

Ms Kidson is charged with administering a poison thereby endangering life or inflicting grievous bodily harm.

She is not accused of planning to harm her daughter, the prosecution said.

'Doctor shopping'

Setting out the case against Ms Kidson, John Causer said: "We are not saying she is not a loving mother.

"[But] the consequences of these actions - even of a loving mother - can be very harmful."

The prosecution claimed she administered hydrocortisone tablets, oestrogen tablets and a thyroid extract, obtained by taking her daughter "doctor shopping" until she was prescribed with the medication.

Ms Kidson has denied all the charges against her.

The trial, at Worcester Crown Court, is due to last three weeks.

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