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Botox Mom Loses Custody, Might Not Be Who She Claims

Botox Mom Loses Custody, Might Not Be Who She Claims: A Timeline of Events — Updated!

For the past few weeks, the Internet has been abuzz with stories of the so-called Botox mom — aka Kerry Campbell, the San Francisco mother who claims to be injecting her 8-year-old daughter, Britney Campbell, with Botox.

We first heard of the Campbells in March, and while some of the details have remained a little sketchy since then, it turns out as the San Francisco Chronicle discovered, Kerry might not even be who she says she is, with ABC News reporting that Britney (if that's even her name) has been taken away from her mom. To see a timeline of events, just keep reading.

March 23
British tabloid The Sun reports that Kerry, a supposed licensed esthetician who is allegedly from the UK, had been injecting her daughter with Botox and giving her "virgin" waxes in preparation for kiddie beauty pageants. We smelled a hoax, as a search for a Kerry Campbell living and working in the San Francisco area yielded no results.


May 6
An eerily similar story pops up in The Sun a few weeks later. But this time, the British mom is named Sharon Evans, is currently living in San Diego, and is not just injecting her 7-year-old daughter, Bree, with Botox, but giving her eyebrow tattoos, as well. This leads Jezebel to note the number of odd similarities between the stories.

May 12
The Campbell story picks up momentum, as ABC's Good Morning America talks to the mother and daughter duo of Kerry and Britney (who strangely, at this point, wouldn't give out their last name). "We were getting into the pageants," Kerry told the news outlet. "I knew she was complaining about her face, having wrinkles, and things like that. When I brought it up to Britney she was all for it." It's also interesting to note that the allegedly British Kerry does not appear to have an accent.

May 12-13
Later that day and into the next day, outrage sparks regarding the potential emotional and psychological ramifications of childhood Botox, prompting Kerry to be investigated by the San Francisco Human Services Agency.

May 16
ABC News reports that Kerry had lost custody of her daughter over the weekend, although some sleuthing by the San Francisco Chronicle reveals the mother's name isn't Kerry Campbell in the first place, and the woman doesn't even reside in San Francisco. Trent Rhorer of San Francisco Human Services told the paper that the agency has "completed our investigation, and we are no longer involved in the case." He declined to offer further information, noting juvenile confidentiality laws.

May 18
The Sun, who initially broke the story, has now interviewed Kerry about the recent string of events. "I cannot put into words the remorse I feel," Kerry told the publication, adding, "I will not use Botox on her ever again." She further explained, "I honestly felt I was helping her. I regret doing it and remain committed to being a good mother and being reunited with my daughter." As for little Britney, word is that she's staying with relatives, and her mom has been banned from contacting her until an investigation into the matter is over.

Obviously there's more to be told with this story, particularly when the majority of it just doesn't seem to add up. How much do you think this story is a hoax, and how much bears any resemblance to the truth? Chime in at the comments below and tell us what you think.

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AprilMom AprilMom 6 years
Only comment - your update should say that the Sun "now claims to have interviewed someone it claims is Kerry Campbell." Who knows who that statement came from. It's just all so weird, and everybody is making shit up or running with the barest of threads of information. Radar-Online quotes someone as saying that it's all because the supposed mom is publicity-hungry. Okay, and this publicity-hungry woman - an American, obviously, by her accent - has spoken to no one but the Sun? Huh?
Burkina Burkina 6 years
Wait this is fake? Girl bye.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
I feel bad for the girl. Her mom is obviously looking for fame and fortune through her daughter and has done something horrible, but the girl still loves her mom. Sad.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Oh man, I remember spending my entire lunch break glued to the tv, watching that damn bubble and wondering if the kid was inside it. :rotfl:
AprilMom AprilMom 6 years
I'm happy to see you're covering this, and I think in the end ABC will end up having egg on its face. ABC's updated story ("Mom loses custody") is really weak. All it says is that "person with knowledge of the situation" says the child is doing well. Then the last paragraph says something about launching an investigation not meaning she'll lose custody. Huh? SF states that they have closed their investigation; the family, if they exist, doesn't live in SF. Everybody loves the story because it's such a great chance to be indignant, and even if it's not true, that's no reason not to be indignant, so, hey, let's keep repeating it! I searched for a more critical eye on the story, and it appears you're practically the only one doing it. Kudos.
jesusmorales jesusmorales 6 years
The story looks fake, as do a disturbingly large number of news stories right now. Liars that they are, the message here is pretty sick and it's messed up to me that we keep getting bombarded with this sad and hateful waste of media information.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Ah, bubble boy! Good call. I just feel bad for the child involved. No matter whether this is true or false, it's certainly not healthy for that girl.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
It does have a few bubble boy elements to it, no doubt. I truly hope authorities get to the bottom of this strange story.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I can't wait until I have children so i can involve them in a media hoax! Then I'll finally be the celebrity I always knew I could be.
ashleigh07 ashleigh07 6 years
Either way I feel gross about this story.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 6 years
I hope it is a hoax, but she could easily be really doing those things to her child and using another name or identity.
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