Byline: Mail Foreign Service
A BRITISH mother who admitted on American TV that she gave her eight-year-old daughter Botox injections has had the child taken away by social workers.
Britney Campbell was removed from the care of her mother Kerry after the TV appearance boasting about the beauty treatment sparked outrage across the U.S. Hundreds of complaints were received when she was featured on the Good Morning America show 'Everyone is doing it' injecting her daughter with the antiwrinkle treatment.
Campbell, originally from Birmingham, but now living in San Francisco, said she was carrying out the beauty treatments to help her daughter be more competitive in child pageants.
Her daughter complained that the injections hurt her face, but said she didn't want any wrinkles on her face. But officials in San Francisco acted after receiving hundreds of calls to their child abuse hotline. The local child protection unit took the girl away over the weekend.
'It's pretty unusual for a mom to be injecting an eight-year-old with Botox and certainly is grounds for an investigation,' said Trent Rohrer of the San Francisco social services department.
Campbell, a part-time beautician, claimed she got the idea for Botox from other mothers whose children compete in beauty pageants.
She said: 'When Britney takes part in pageants, parents talk about how they have given their daughter an extra jab to plump her lips or lose a wrinkle.
'Everyone is doing it and talking about it. We are not doing anything illegal, and I don't want my daughter being the only one who doesn't have a bit of extra help.' Campbell, 34, said she buys the Botox over the internet and spends [pounds sterling]150 for a 3ml vial.