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OPINION

These two appeals involve allegations that the complainant, C.W., was the victim of medical child abuse, sometimes referred to as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, perpetrated by his mother, appellant, Laurie Lea Williamson. The bases for the criminal charges against appellant are two surgical procedures performed on C.W. in 2001, when he was five and six years old. The State offered evidence at trial to show that the surgeries were not medically necessary and that appellant knowingly and intentionally caused the unnecessary procedures to be performed by fabricating, exaggerating, and inducing the symptoms leading to the surgeries.

Following a joint trial on two separate indictments, a jury found appellant guilty of two first-degree felony offenses of injury to a child, as alleged in each indictment. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 22.04(a)(1), (c)(1), (e) (Vernon Supp. 2009).*fn1 Because each indictment alleged that appellant had caused C.W. serious bodily injury by “cutting him with a deadly weapon, namely, a scalpel,” the trial court included in each judgment an affirmative deadly-weapon finding. The jury assessed punishment at 15 years’ imprisonment for each offense, with the sentences to run concurrently. Appealing each judgment of conviction, appellant raises seven identical issues in each appeal.

 
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