The mother of a terminally ill 20-year-old woman has been charged with stealing the pain medication meant for her daughter.
Police say they were notified by the Troy Family Practice that Misouri woman Carol Ballweg had requested refills for her daughter’s Fentanyl and Oxycodone earlier than expected.
Ballweg is listed as the primary caregiver for her 20-year-old daughter who is in hospice care.
When medical staff found bed sores on the daughter, identified only as CM, they began suspecting she wasn’t being given the prescribed doses of her medicated – so they tested her urine.
Police say the results showed no signs of the medications, even though Ballweg repeatedly requested refills ahead of schedule.
The 46-year-old was on Wednesday charged with four counts of stealing a controlled substance and two counts of abuse of a vulnerable person.
Police say Ballweg confessed to being addicted to opioids and using the medicine herself. Her bond was set at $100,000 (US).
No attorney is listed for Ballweg in online court records.