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Redlands Family Torn Apart

Leslie Udvardi snuggles with her daughter, Esther, as the family plays board games in July 2007. Esther and her three brothers were taken from Leslie and her husband, Kirk, after she was accused of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy in December 2005. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Leslie Udvardi and her four children are a family again, but she is still stigmatized by the accusations that she was harming them. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Sam Udvardi, right, and his sister Esther at their Redlands home in July 2007. There were physical problems from the start for all four of Leslie Udvardi’s children. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Matthew Udvardi at his home in Redlands. He is on a special diet and takes medication for depression. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kirk Udvardi listens intently as his wife, Leslie, talks about their ordeal. No apology came from the doctors and the social workers, Leslie said. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
The Udvardi children at Matthew’s high school graduation in 2007. From left are Abram, Matthew, Esther and Sam. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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