Gypsy has stated it was only after Dee Dee's death that she realized the extent of her mother's deception. The fact was that Gypsy had spent her entire life being controlled and monitored by her mother. Hurricane Katrina also provided an excuse for missing medical files. As Gypsy's medical records documented the abuse she'd been subjected to, her lawyer was able to arrange a plea deal for the charges she faced in Dee Dee's death; in , Gypsy pled guilty to second-degree murder. Built by Habitat for Humanity , it was painted pink and had a wheelchair ramp. Experts believe Dee Dee's behavior stemmed from the mental disorder Munchausen syndrome by proxy; because Dee Dee wanted to be a caretaker, she feigned and induced illness in her daughter.