Tires women's prison
Patrícia Ribeiro was being held in Tires women's prison, near Lisbon

Munchausen’s-by-proxy mum found dead in jail cell

A former firefighter found guilty of consistently poisoning her own child has been discovered dead in her jail call. Patrícia Ribeiro was serving a 13-year sentence for the attempted murder of her child, who had suffered a litany of abuse. There is no suspicion of any third party involvement. Ms Ribeiro was diagnosed as suffering from Munchausen’s Syndrome by proxy, a mental illness and form of child abuse.