When medical staff found bed sores on the daughter, identified only as CM, they began suspecting she wasn't being given the prescribed doses of her medicated - so they tested her urine.
She's been charged with four counts of stealing a controlled substance and two counts of abuse of an elderly, disabled or vulnerable person.
Ballweg, who was her daughter's primary caregiver, admitted to police that she had been withholding the painkiller oxycodone from her daughter so she could feed her addiction.
A Lincoln County mother faces multiple charges after police say she stole pain medication from her terminally ill daughter.
The Troy Missouri Police Division had bought a call from Troy Family Follow on Monday about Ballweg requesting to have the prescriptions stuffed sooner than they would maybe aloof several times, Fox 2 Now reported. Upon release, a judge barred the woman from having any contact with her daughter.
Carol Ballweg, 46, reportedly admitted to taking her daughter's fentanyl and oxycodone while authorities conducted a search of her house, according to Fox 2 Now. It was also determined that CM's home health provider had also made several complaints regarding her medication issues.
During the investigation, Ballweg told police she was addicted to opioids and confessed to taking her daughter's medicine and using it herself.
She was being held at the Lincoln County jail on $100,000 cash bond.
As taxing as the condition may be for the patient as well as friends and family members, substance abuse is treatable with behavioral therapy, addiction medications, and support.