Mom Who Lied About Her Son's Symptoms & Bought Him A Casket Is Charged With Attempted Murder

Danita Tutt, 42, was also found guilty of causing serious bodily injury to Colby Tutt, 13.

October 22, 2018

Danita Tutt [Fort Worth Police Department]

Danita Tutt [Fort Worth Police Department]

By: Catherine Townsend

FORT WORTH, TX — A Texas mother has been found guilty of attempted murder after withholding food and nutrients from her 13-year-old son.

Danita Tutt, 42, was also found guilty of causing serious bodily injury to Colby Tutt, 13.

Prosecutors alleged that Tutt lied to doctors about her son’s symptoms, which caused Colby to undergo unnecessary ileostomy and gastrostomy surgeries.

They argued that Tutt's insistence that her son was sick was due to Munchausen by Proxy rather than any actual symptoms.

They claimed that in addition to causing her son injury, she was planning for his death – and had even bought his casket.

The bodily injury has a sentencing range of five years to life in prison, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, while the attempted murder charge carries a 2 to 20 year sentence.

Some friends and family announced their shock at the verdict and insisted that Tutt, whose husband Clint appeared to support her in court, is a caring mother.

One family friend told the Star-Telegram: “She is good people, good salt of the earth people. As is Clint. And those kids are awesome, loving kids. They don’t deserve this. It’s wrong.”

Attorneys for Tutt said that it was only after she fired a hospice company with connections to Cook Children’s Medical Center that child-abuse allegations began.

They argued the surgeries that Colby underwent were necessary and that Tutt had only bought the casket at the urging of the hospice company.

Child Protective Services removed Colby and his then nine-year-old brother from their Johnson County home in May 2016 after the concerns were raised to the agency that his mother was lying about his medical condition.

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