About Joshua Parker
Born on March 2, 2006, Joshua is currently 8 years old. Also called “Joshie” and “Joshiebear” (but not “Josh”), he has a confirmed diagnosis of a form of spina bifida called Lipomyelomeningocele. Joshua’s spina bifida, which is associated with neurogenic bowel and urinary incontinence, was surgically repaired shortly after birth.
Kate also claimed that Joshua suffered from Arnold Chiari Malformation Type 1, Tethered Cord Syndrome, pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), a connective tissue disorder, a chromosome abnormality and gastroparesis, among other conditions which have not been confirmed.
Joshua underwent Chiari decompression surgery and a de-tethering operation on April 20, 2007 and an additional Chiari decompression surgery on October 1, 2007. Kate is facing three counts of criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection with these operations.
He had a g-tube placed on August 13, 2007. Authorities have charged Kate Parker with criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection with this operation.
On February 18, 2008, Joshua underwent a procedure to “remove the bone that regrew, place a large dural graft to enlarge the surface area in the hopes that even when Joshua forms excess scar tissue in response to the surgery, he’ll still have room for CSF to flow freely, and she’ll remove the lower portion of his cerebellum; specifically, the portion that keeps getting wedged into his spinal canal (called the cerebellar tonsils)…[Dr. Webhy will also] remove all of the scar tissue that has formed, as well as other cellular ‘debris’ that has accumulated.”
A few months later, on November 12, 2008, Joshua underwent a spinal de-tethering operation. Kate is facing a charge of criminal mistreatment in the first degree as a result of this operation.
On April 6, 2009, Joshua’s pseudomeningocele was drained/repaired and a lumbar puncture was performed. Kate is facing one count of criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection with this operation.
Later that year, on July 7, 2009, Joshua underwent an additional procedure and Kate is subsequently facing a charge of criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection with this operation.
Joshua underwent his fifth spinal cord de-tethering operation and had an LP shunt implanted on November 30, 2009. Kate is facing two counts of criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection with this operation. The shunt was changed over to a VP shunt on November 12, 2011.
Joshua underwent brain surgery — his fifth Chiari decompression — on April 25, 2011. Kate has been charged with one count of criminal mistreatment in the first degree and assault in the first degree in connection with this surgery.
In addition, Kate is facing two counts of assault in the first degree and two counts of criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection with a Chiari-related surgery that was performed on November 3, 2011.
A few days later, on November 7, 2011, Joshua underwent a ventriculostomy to monitor the pressure inside his skull and spinal cord. Kate is facing one count of assault in the first degree and one count of criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection with this surgery. Kate Parker is also facing a charge of reckless endangerment after she allegedly “did unlawfully and recklessly create a substantial risk of serious physical injury to Joshua Parker” on or around August 28, 2013.
In addition, Kate is also charged with four counts of identity theft and four counts of committing a felony computer crime for allegedly using Joshua’s name, photos and story to set up fraudulent online fundraisers on July 22, 2011, July 28, 2011, January 22, 2013 and August 6, 2013.
Kate claimed that Joshua was dying due to brain stem degeneration. As a result, he was reported to be on extremely high doses of narcotic pain medications such as methadone, fentanyl and dilaudid. He was said to sleep over 16 hours per day at times and was said to use a wheelchair.
Authorities apparently became suspicious of Kate’s care of the children and during a September 2013 hospitalization, he was reportedly weaned off many medications and Kate reported that Joshua’s death was no longer imminent. She raised eyebrows when instead of expressing delight, she offered up complaints over Joshua’s behaviors.
In early September 2013, Joshua was taken into Child Protective Services’ custody while hospitalized at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He has remained in CPS custody ever since.
As of April 2014, Joshua was thriving in the care of a foster family. While Kate claimed that Joshua is dying, authorities say the reality is very different. Joshua is said to be eating and drinking independently, talking, walking and attending school. He is said to no longer require the use of a wheelchair and it has been reported that he no longer requires any medications.