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Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who pleaded guilty to helping kill her abusive mother, is released from prison



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Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who admitted to helping her boyfriend kill her abusive mother in a case that drew national attention, was released from prison on parole Thursday, a Missouri corrections official told CNN.

Blanchard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2016 after confessing to convincing her boyfriend to stab her mother Dee Dee Blanchard to death while she slept. Prosecutors sentenced her to 10 years in prison as part of a plea deal after lawyers discovered the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother.

Blanchard was a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare syndrome in which a caregiver fakes, exaggerates, or induces illness in a child to gain attention. Dee Dee convinced those around her, including doctors, that her daughter suffered from leukemia and muscular dystrophy, among other illnesses — a topic examined in the HBO Max documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest.”

Blanchard admitted that she was in the house at the time of the murder, knowing that her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, was going to stab Dee Dee and that she did nothing to stop him, according to court records.

Godejohn was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2019 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Court records show he admitted to stabbing Dee Dee and said he only killed her because Gypsy asked him to.

Speaking about Blanchard’s conditions of release, Missouri Department of Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann said, “His original 10-year sentence began in June 2015, so barring parole violations and other extenuating circumstances, she is expected to be under parole supervision and report to a parole officer until June 2025.”

CNN has reached out to Blanchard’s attorney for comment.

June 15, 2015;  Springfield, Missouri, United States;  The Blanchard House near Springfield, photographed June 15, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Papes-USA TODAY NETWORK

In the days following Dee Dee’s murder, details began to emerge revealing a complex and unusual situation, with Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott stating at a June 2015 press conference that “things are not always as they seem.

“I’ve never encountered anything close to what Gypsy experienced,” Blanchard’s attorney, Michael Stanfield, said in the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Mommy Dearest.” “Her mother seemed to have taken great measures to keep Gypsy in a very juvenile role, making her act several years younger than her actual age.”

In an interview with People magazine shortly before her release, Blanchard, now 32, said she regretted her role in the murder “every day.”

“She was a sick woman and unfortunately I wasn’t educated enough to see that,” she said. “She deserved to be where I am, in prison serving time for criminal behavior.”

A forthcoming book, “Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom,” tells Blanchard’s story through her own perspective, with help from writers Melissa Moore and Michele Matrisciani. Its publication is scheduled for January 9, 2024.

A six-hour Lifetime special, “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard,” featuring interviews with Blanchard from prison, is scheduled to premiere on January 5, 2024. The case has also been the subject of the 2019 Hulu miniseries “The Act,” starring Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee Blanchard.

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