1250 Oftentimes, the parents – as it could be either the mother or the father, although it is normally the mother who is the abuser in this instance, suffered some form of child abuse themselves and managed to survive it (Kaneshiro, N., “Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy”). As mentioned earlier, it is difficult to detect these instances of medical illness in the adult caretaker. However, once it is diagnosed, it is important to remove the child or elderly from the dangerous situation in order for them to receive the proper medical and mental care to help them get over the trauma of what happened to them. The abuser is also taken in for treatment that often includes individual and family therapy. Due to the child or elderly abuse involved the abuser will need to be reported to the authorities and appropriate charges should be filed against them. .