SC mom forced children into unneeded medical treatment; one child on 39 medications

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Janna Smith-Johnson

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. — A mother has admitted to forcing her children to undergo unneeded medical treatment.

Janna Smith-Johnson, 36, of Spartanburg, S.C., pleaded no contest to felony child abuse and four counts of child neglect.

According to WYFF, Smith-Johnson was arrested last April after a forensic pediatrician expressed concerns regarding her four children.

The pediatrician said he was concerned over Smith-Johnson having the children on unnecessary medications. One child was said to have even had unnecessary surgeries.

Investigators say the children’s quality of life was very poor. One child was on 39 different medications and had a feeding tube. Two of the children were seeing more than 10 specialists.

The children, ages 9, 11, 12 and 16, were placed in emergency protective custody and all the children immensely improved, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said.

Smith-Johnson was sentenced to two years in prison.