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10/09/2014 07:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mary Brown Accused Of Child Abuse For Trying To Admit Daughter Into Mental Hospital

A mother in Hobbs, New Mexico, claims her teenage daughter has tried to poison her four times.

Yet when she tried to get the 15-year-old admitted into a psychiatric hospital, she says authorities accused her of child abuse.

Mary Brown said her daughter, Katie, 15, suffers from cerebral palsy and says at birth the girl had bleeding on her brain that caused mental illness.

“She just has outbursts, and we never know when they're coming," Brown told KOB-TV.

Brown said Katie has allegedly attempted to poison her and the rest of the family on four occasions.

In March, Brown says Katie was angry about doing chores and alleges her daughter put Lysol in her iced tea. She took the girl to a hospital, but she was released.

Three months later, Katie allegedly put bleach in her mom's glass of Coke. Again, the girl was taken to the hospital and agin she was released.

Brown also accuses her daughter of carpet cleaner on her cornbread and rat poison on other food. She alleges that the persistent poisoning led to permanent damage to the vocal cords of Katie's younger sister and a higher risk of death to Eugene Fraust, Brown's boyfriend.

After the last alleged incident, Brown took Katie to the hospital and demanded the girl get psychiatric care. She also said she refused to let her daughter come home until she got help.

This time, hospital workers notified New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department. Brown says the state took custody of the girl, and police charged her with child abuse, according to the New York Daily News.

An official with the Hobbs Police Department told HuffPost that no arrests have been made, but there is an active investigation on the case.

Brown says she's more worried about her daughter getting the proper mental health treatment than she is about the charges.

"I love my daughter, and all I want for her is to get the help she needs," Brown said, according to the Daily Mail.

A spokesperson for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department told KOB TV that it was still investigating the case, but said Katie might be transferred to a mental hospital if doctors recommended.

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