San Francisco officials back away from talking about Botox mom 

As soon as the Botox mom story went national, the phones of the San Francisco Human Services Agency started a-ringin’ — naturally.

Parent-in-question Kerry Campbell drew the ire of, well, everyone, after she conducted a media blitz in which she defended injecting her 8-year-old daughter’s face with the anti-wrinkle Botox chemical, and also giving her bikini waxes to prevent any development of pubic hair. Campbell told The Sun, a British tabloid, that the treatments will help her daughter better compete in beauty pageants.

Trent Rhorer, HSA’s executive director, told KGO-TV that the case requires investigation and that the agency would like to speak with the mother and daughter. But now Rhorer seems to be taking a step back from calling out the potential abuse by name, having issued a statement Friday that says he can’t speak about specific cases.

“While federal and state confidentiality laws prohibit the Human Services Agency from discussing the details of this matter, we would like the public to know that we take all reports to the child abuse hotline very seriously and we do all that is in our power to ensure the safety of San Francisco's children,” Rohrer’s statement says.

In the understatement of the week, Mayor Ed Lee said while the woman’s privacy should be protected, he sees it as a possible case of an “overbearing parent.”

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