An appearance on a reality show focusing on a rare syndrome has caught the attention of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, who is calling for an investigation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Stanley Thornton, one of the subjects of an episode of NatGeoTV’s "Taboo" reality series, claims to suffer from adult baby syndrome and collects Social Security disability, according to the report. As part of the episode, Thornton demonstrated that he runs an online adult baby support group and has built his oversized crib and baby furniture.
He also said his infantilism lifestyle includes wearing diapers, sleeping in a crib and being cared for by a baby nurse.
Coburn contends that Thornton is wrongfully collecting government aid. He wrote to Patrick O’Carroll, SSA Inspector General, saying: "Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group; it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time."
In response, Thornton has threatened to kill himself. He wrote to the Washington Times: "I am about leaving this world, screw with my check that pays for this apartment and food. Try it. See how serious I am. I don’t care. I have no problem killing myself. Take away the last thing keeping me here, and see what happens. Next time you see me on the news, it will be me in a body bag."