SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – San Francisco authorities are investigating a mother who said on a national television program that she gives her 8-year-old daughter Botox injections.

Trent Rhorer with the city’s Human Services Agency has said that officials need to sit down and talk with Kerry Campbell and her daughter, Britney.

“It’s pretty unusual for a mom to be injecting an 8-year-old with Botox and certainly is grounds for an investigation,” Rhorer said. He did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Campbell appeared with her daughter Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She said she enrolls Britney in beauty pageants and got the idea to give her Botox from other pageant mothers.

“It’s a tough world in the pageant world, I’m telling you,” Campbell told the program. “The kids are harsh.”

The Associated Press did not find a phone listing for Kerry Campbell in San Francisco and was unable to reach her.

Photographs purportedly taken during the treatment and displayed on “Good Morning America” show Britney with a bag of ice on her face in apparent discomfort. One picture shows Campbell injecting her daughter.

The girl said on the show that she experiences pain and sometimes cries a little, but has gotten used to the injections and looks better after the treatment. Asked why she got it, she first said she didn’t know. But after appearing to be prompted by her mother, she said she saw wrinkles and didn’t think they were nice.

Dr. Isaac Neuhaus, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, said that administering Botox to a child could paralyze developing muscles. He said injecting the drug in the wrong spot or in the wrong amount could cause breathing problems or affect the child’s ability to swallow.

“There is a lot of concerns you’d have for an 8-year-old who’s being put through Botox treatment for wrinkles she doesn’t have,” Neuhaus said. “It’s going to certainly have a significant impact on her body image.”

The San Francisco Human Services Agency, which investigates reports of child abuse, received numerous calls from people concerned about Britney’s well-being after the television appearance, Rhorer said.

Botox, which was introduced in 1989, is known for its ability to smooth wrinkles, but it is also approved to treat other conditions, including neck spasms, excessive underarm sweating and migraine headaches.

A purified form of the toxin botulinum, Botox blocks connections between nerves and muscle, temporarily paralyzing the muscle. Injections can be painful and are not recommended for anyone under the age of 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says on its website.

California regulations only allow the drug to be administered by a doctor or a nurse acting under the supervision of a doctor, said Kim Brown, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs. Additionally, Brown said the drug requires a doctor’s prescription.

Campbell declined to tell “Good Morning America” where she got the drug but said it was a trusted source.

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Comments (13)
  1. It's just a web site man! says:

    This is very sad. I am amazed at how parents behave in their attempt to live through their children.

  2. patti Smith says:

    She also gives her daughter bikini waxes too. Whats WITH this mom? This is an eight year old. There ARE NO wrinkles, and a bikini wax? Perverted, twisted and WRONG. Let the child be a child!

  3. zagwee says:

    this woman belongs in JAIL. Period. Let the kid be a kid for crying out loud!

  4. Tired Mom says:

    How can a child of eight years old be nothing other than bullied by her mother to consent to such pain? It’s not just “unusual” to inject a child with Botox it’s torture! If that is what pageant mothers are doing to their daughters these days, then the entire industry needs to be investigated. This mother needs to be in therapy to figure out why she needs to mold her child into the perfect woman at age EIGHT! I hope this little girl survives her mother and doesn’t have psychological issues of her own when she grows up.

  5. john says:

    I hope this piece of trash get’s locked under a jail….this sweet little girl has no chance in life with this fat pig leading the way.

  6. alane says:

    It is child abuse, plain and simple. They should outlaw childrens beuty pagents. Nothing good comes of those stupid pagents. Look at the history, little girls are abused they get the wrong idea about self image and are sometimes killed. Botox is safe however for children. It is used as theraputic agent for children and adults with MS, muscular Distrophy and contractures. But ABSOLUTLY SHOULD NOT be used needlessly in a child for asthetic purposes. I mean if your child needs that kind of help with beauty, should she be in the pagent in the first place. Would could all enter our Barbies and win. Children are not Barbies and not for explotation for the mothers mental well being.
    Lock the Mom up!!!

  7. Danix2 says:

    I Pray they take this little girl away from her mom!! I saw the interview with her and her daughter is AFRAID of her mom!! She kept looking to her mom to make sure she was answering the questions ok and her mom would just give her these looks as if to say ” one wrong word, and you’re in trouble”!! The little girl even said it hurts and she cries sometimes. Her mom interrupted her and said “NO! You don’t cry! It doesn’t hurt you!” This is a very ugly situation and that little girl NEEDS out of it!! If this does go on inside of these pageants, then everyone involved needs to be investigated. I do not agree with these pageants for children. I feel they send the wrong message to our kids.

    1. Kim in Santa Clara says:

      She should be arrested and charged with child abuse – that’s disgusting!

  8. sol mercado says:

    I think the mother is sick and she need to be in the Mental Hospital….

  9. Ken Riley says:

    If that woman had a Beauty Pageant for Mothers in her Trailor Park, she would enter.

    For now, she’s forced to live out her fantasy through her daughter.

  10. penandra says:

    Interesting because in March there was an article in the Sun (UK) about Birmingham (UK) mum, Kelly Campbell giving her daughter Britney (also age 8) botox treatments (see it here — that does seem like an awful lot of a coincidence with names, ages, same reasons, etc.