We were all so outraged and shocked by this story, it would almost be disappointing if it turned out to have been made up, but the mum who appeared on TV and in newspapers saying she injected her eight-year-old daughter with Botox and gave her body waxes ahead of beauty pageants, is now stating she was PAID to make the claims by a paper.
Website TMZ says Sheena Upton insists she was paid $200 by The Sun to go under the name 'Kerry Campbell' and be interviewed and photographed for a story headlined 'I Give My 8-Year-Old Daughter Botox.'
Upton says she was 'provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview.'
It is also reported she was offered a 'large fee' to appear on Good Morning America and Inside Edition to talk about the treatments she carried out on the child.
Upton now says: 'The truth is I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant.'
The child was removed from her family home by San Francisco Human Services after the story broke but TMZ say she has now been returned to her mother after medical tests showed she had never had Botox.
ABC News is allegedly looking into the statement Upton has released. A spokesman said:
'We have just seen the sworn declaration on TMZ written by Sheena Upton, a.k.a. Kerry Campbell, and are vigorously investigating her most recent statement and rapidly shifting story," the site reports. " 'Good Morning America' has repeatedly questioned Upton, members of her family, and other sources who again and again stood by the Botox story.'
So was all our outrage for nothing? Pah!