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Thursday
May192011

Botox Mom, Who Said She Injected Daughter, 8, Retracts Story, Ignites Firestorm

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The California mom who said she injected her eight-year-old daughter with Botox retracted her story on Thursday after the state's Child Protective Services reportedly took her daughter out of her custody this week.

Sheena Upton, who used the alias Kerry Campbell, provided TMZ.com with a sworn declaration Thursday saying the she made up the story in return for compensation. Upton's story first appeared in the U.K. paper The Sun in March, and she told the story again last Thursday on Good Morning America.

"I was provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview for a paid fee," she said in the affidavit given to TMZ in regard to The Sun article.

In the declaration given to TMZ, Upton also alleges that she was told she would be compensated for television interviews with Good Morning America and Inside Edition. ABC News does not pay subjects for interviews.

After the initial story appeared in The Sun, ABC News contacted The Sun's reporter for sources on the story and was put in touch with Alley Einstein, a features writer from a U.K. news agency who originally brought the story to the paper.

Einstein told ABC News that she witnessed Upton, who purported to be Kerry Campbell, injecting her daughter, whom she called Britney Campbell, with a substance that appeared to be Botox in February. Einstein said she took photos of Upton administering the injections. A number of photos show Upton holding a needle up to the eight-year-old's skin as the girl appeared to wince.

ABC News proceeded with the story and agreed to license a series of photos from Einstein for $10,000. Einstein confirmed to ABC News that Upton would receive no payment and signed a contract stating the photos depicted the events as they actually happened, without any staging or altering.

Upton and her daughter appeared last Thursday on Good Morning America defending the use of Botox on her eight-year-old. Upton, who said she was a part-time aesthetician, said she injected Botox into her daughter's face to get rid of wrinkles and to give her a leg up to participate in beauty pageants. Her statements ignited an uproar online, in the medical community and amongst child advocates.

The Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of Botox on children for cosmetic purposes. While the drug is generally safe, dermatologists worry about the potential for both emotional and physical damage of administering Botox to children.

A person with knowledge of the situation told ABC News that the girl was taken out of her mother's custody earlier this week. Child Protective Services had no comment on the investigation.

ABC News is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this story, has been unsuccessful in its efforts to contact Upton since the publication of her declaration by TMZ.com.

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Monday
May162011

California Girl Injected with Botox Removed from Mom's Custody

ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A California mother has lost custody of her 8-year-old daughter after she injected the girl with botox in preparation for a beauty pageant.

A person with knowledge of the situation told ABC News that the girl, Britney, is doing well but did not offer more detail on the ongoing investigation into the girl's mother, Kerry Campbell.

On Friday, the San Francisco Human Services Agency launched an investigation into Campbell after she admitted to ABC’s Good Morning America that she injected botox into her daughter's face to help her in beauty pageants.

"It's pretty unusual for a mom to be injecting an 8-year-old with botox and certainly is grounds for an investigation," said Trent Rohrer of the San Francisco Human Services Agency on Friday.

Campbell and daughter Britney, appeared on Good Morning America last week defending the 8-year-old pageant contestant's use of botox.

"I just, like, don't, like, think wrinkles are nice on little girls," Britney said.

Britney admitted it hurt to get the injections on her face, but said she was used to the pain.

The admission sparked an uproar online, in the medical community and by child advocates.

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