22 May '11, 5am

Not very smooth: US mum who sparked outrage by saying she injected daughter, 8, with Botox says it was a hoax

LOS ANGELES - THE story sparked outrage the world over: A California mother, trying to give her daughter an edge in beauty pageants, injected the 8-year-old with Botox. Turns out the only thing with wrinkles was the story itself. The mother, Sheena Upton, claims she was paid to fabricate the whole thing - and was even given scripted quotes - and now denies she injected her daughter with anything. Meanwhile, the reporter who originated the story says Mrs Upton is lying. Both accounts appear murky and are filled with dubious details. And the central question - whether an 8-year-old was ever actually given Botox - remains unanswered. The twisted tale began earlier this year when British reporter Alley Einstein, who was in Los Angeles at the time, was introduced to Mrs Upton through a cousin. Strangely, Ms Einstein says Mrs Upton introduced herself as Kerry Campbell and said h...

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