Mother accused of stealing painkillers prescribed for her dying daughter

A Missouri woman failed to give her dying daughter pain medications and instead took the meds herself according the Troy Police Department

A Missouri woman failed to give her dying daughter pain medications and instead took the meds herself according the Troy Police Department

A Missouri mother has been arrested for allegedly stealing her terminally ill daughter's prescribed painkillers to help feed her own opioid addiction, police said.

Carol Ballweg, 46, has been charged with four felony counts of stealing a controlled substance and two misdemeanor counts of abusing an elderly, disabled or vulnerable person, according to online court records.

CM had been prescribed fentanyl and oxycodone for pain, but medical staff at the hospice noted they were concerned she was not receiving her medication, officials said.

They had previously made several "hotline" calls about the young woman's care - expressing concerns that Ballweg repeatedly asked for the medications to be filled earlier than required, police said.

After police searched Ballweg's home on Tuesday, she admitted to having an opioid addiction and taking her daughter's oxycodone medication and using it herself, the release says.

Ballweg was her daughter's primary caregiver.

Her daughter also had also developed painful bedsores and when doctors tested her urine no trace of the medication was found.

Staff at Troy Family Practice called local police on Monday to report "concerns of neglect and drug abuse related to a patient", cops said. The daughter also reportedly had bed sores while under Ballweg's care.

Ballweg's bond has been set at $100,000 cash and she has been instructed not to contact the victim.