Mother accused of stealing painkillers prescribed for her dying daughter

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 15, 2018

A drug-addicted Missouri mom was busted this week for swiping pain medication from her terminally ill daughter - and taking it herself, cops said.

Investigators searched Ballweg's home Tuesday, and Ballweg allegedly admitted to having an opioid addiction and to taking her daughter's oxycodone herself.

Throughout her daughter's illness, Ballweg had asked repeatedly asked for refills for medication to be issued sooner than necessary, according to police.

But medical staff had become anxious that Ballweg's daughter was not being given the essential medicine. When a doctor ordered a test of the patient's urine, no trace of the pain medication was found, the release said.

Medical staff had made several "hotline" calls to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), expressing concerns about Ballweg and the care her daughter was receiving.

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Carol Ballweg was charged with stealing her terminally ill daughter's medication.

Carol Ballweg, 46, was charged Wednesday with four counts of stealing a controlled substance and two counts of abuse of a vulnerable person.

Ballweg is listed as the primary caregiver for her 20-year-old daughter who is in hospice care.

Ballweg's bond has been set at $100,000 cash, with the condition that she have no contact with the victim.

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