Missouri mom admits to stealing dying daughter’s pain meds

TROY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri woman has been charged with stealing her terminally
ill daughter's pain medications.Forty-six-year-old Carol Ballweg, of Troy, was charged Wednesday with four
counts of stealing a controlled substance and two counts of abuse of a
vulnerable person.

Police say Ballweg was the primary caregiver for her 20-year-old daughter who
is in hospice care. Medical staff found bed sores on the daughter and began
suspecting the daughter wasn't being given the prescribed doses of fentanyl and
oxycodone, so they tested her urine. Police say it showed no signs of the
medications, even though Ballweg repeatedly requested refills ahead of schedule.

Police say Ballweg confessed to being addicted to opioids and using the
medicine herself. Bond is set at $100,000. No attorney is listed for Ballweg in
online court records.

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