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Netflix teen Maya Kowalski broke down in court as her attorney detailed her mom's suicide after she was accused of Munchausen-by-proxy in a trial between the family and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
Maya Kowalski, 17, was placed into state custody for three months after doctors at the Florida facility raised concern that her parents were faking symptoms of her debilitating complex regional pain syndrome.
Florida's Department of Children and Families and a state judge supported hospital staff's suspicions of 'child medical abuse' and placed Maya under Florida's Department of Children and Families' custody and she was housed at the center.
Greg Anderson, who is part of the Kowalski's legal representation, revealed during his opening statement on Thursday, in excruciating detail, the moment Maya's mother, Beata, took her own life.
Attempting to hold back tears, Maya could be seen releasing her anguish as Anderson described the day the family found Beata hanging in the family garage with a makeshift noose made of belts.
'Beata was trying everything legal, social, every possible way to get her child out and her child was not coming out,' Anderson told the jury referring, to her being housed at the hospital.
Attempting to hold back tears, Maya (left) could be seen releasing her anguish as family attorney Greg Anderson (right) described the day the family found Beata hanging in the family garage with a make-shift noose made of belts
He explained to the Jury that they'll see evidence of two suicide notes, and pictures revealing the harrowing moments after Beata was found by her brother.
'It took about 22 minutes according to pathologists to strangle to death, to kick the stand out from under her,' Anderson continued as Maya silently wept behind him.
Netflix teen Maya Kowalski broke down in court as her attorney detailed her mom's suicide after she was accused of Munchausen-by-proxy in a trial between the family and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Anderson explained that Maya's father, Jack, and her brother, Kyle, had thought Beata was in another room sleeping 'because they weren't getting along' at the time.
It wasn't until the next morning that Beata's brother discovered her hanging corpse, first believing it to be a 'Halloween decoration' before looking closer and realizing its his sister.'
Anderson explained to the jury that they will hear evidence to support their claims and the Kowalski's desperate attempts to bring her home from the hospital.
'After that Jack says let my daughter go. If Beata is the big reason here, if she [has] Munchausen-by-proxy, why keep Maya [now that she's dead],' he stated before the court.
'It takes another week and a half and Maya is actually told in the hospital that her mom is dead.'
Howard Hunter, who is part of the legal counsel for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, addressed the court countering claims requesting the jury to hold back their decision until hearing 'all the evidence.'
'You'll see doctors rotating as corporate representatives during the trial they've asked to do that for the purpose of being part of the effort to defend the hospital in this matter,' Hunter explains.
Howard Hunter, who is part of the legal counsel for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, addressed the court countering claims requesting the jury to hold back their decision until hearing 'all the evidence'
The family detailed their harrowing experience in the explosive Netflix documentary Take Care of Maya that was released June 19
Maya's mom, Beata, (right) killed herself after she was diagnosed with a depressive mood and adjustment disorder upon being separated from her then 10-year-old for 87 days
'The hospital, after all, is not just a big pile of bricks and mortar it's the doctors and nurses, people and professionals who run it, so we're here representing them.'
Hunter began to detail the moment when the Kowalski's sought out care for Maya they laid out that the defense will lay out facts that support the care was 'reasonable, necessary and appropriate.'
'We're going to suggest to you the evidence that I'm going to discuss with you will show that the treatment that went before did not necessarily fall into that category, any of those three categories and that is one of the big reasons we're here today,' Hunter said.
'As of the time Maya Kowalski was discharged [from JHACH] we believe that in fact she had been set on a path of therapy that has enabled her to resume function.
'To get out of a wheelchair, to be relatively pain-free and to be in a situation of participating in her school and in society as she does today.'
The family detailed their harrowing