Botox for Girls? Mom Injects Daughter, 8, to Give Her Beauty Pageant Edge

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Botox for adults? Sure. For teens? We're thinking no. For 8-year-olds? Do we really need to answer that one?

But at least one woman has no problem with injecting girls with the anti-wrinkle formula. A mom named Kerry -- who asked to keep her last name private -- tells "Good Morning America" she let her young daughter, Britney, get Botox to give her an edge on the beauty pageant circuit.

"We were getting into the pageants," Kerry tells the news show. "I knew she was complaining about her face, having wrinkles, and things like that. When I brought it up to Britney she was all for it."

A part-time aesthetician and Botox user, the San Francisco-based mom says she gives Britney the injections -- five shots in three different spots.

Coming as no surprise, experts are concerned.

"Well, when I first heard this story, I think my initial reaction is to be a little bit in disbelief, and a little bit horrified," psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy tells "GMA." "There's a lot of psychological damage that can be caused."

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