PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A mother accused of medical child abuse claims US Senate candidate Monica Wehby was one of her child’s doctors.
Kate Parker was arrested April 1 and charged with 24 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, four counts of first-degree assault, one count of child abandonment, four counts of computer crime, four counts of identity theft, five counts of witness tampering and one count of recklessly endangering another.
Law enforcement sources told KOIN 6 News the assault and criminal mistreatment charges stem from unnecessary medical procedures on three of her children.
The Oregonian reports Wehby, a Republican candidate in the US Senate primary and a pediatric neurosurgeon with Legacy Medical Group-Neurosurgery, is one of the doctors Parker said treated her children.
Parker’s blog names her as “Dr. W.”
Wehby’s campaign told KOIN 6 News they cannot comment on the case. Legacy Emanuel also declined to get into specifics.
“What I can tell you is that the entire team at Randall Children’s Hospital have been working cooperating with prosecutors and police, are witnesses in the case and are doing everything they can help in the case,” hospital spokesperson Brian Terrett told KOIN 6 News.
Parker is scheduled to go to trial on the charges on May 19 – just one day before the primary election Wehby is in.
KOIN 6 News will have continue to follow this story.