Prosecutors in Marion County, Ind. allege a mother injected feces multiple times into her teen son’s IV lines while he was undergoing cancer treatment, reports CBS affiliate WLFI.
The boy developed life-threatening blood infections as a result that also delayed his cancer treatment, the station reports.
Tiffany Alberts, 41, of Wolcott, Ind., a teacher, faces six counts of aggravated battery and one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, all felonies.
A child abuse investigation was launched Nov. 17 at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis when medical staff said a 15-year-old boy being treated for leukemia there developed several unexplained infections.
According to court documents, video surveillance showed Alberts inject an unknown substance into the boy’s IV line with a syringe multiple times.
Medical staff there told investigators the boy received his first round of chemotherapy in September and then went home. But he returned a few days later with a high fever, vomiting and significant bouts of diarrhea, the station reports. Doctors found the child’s blood had organisms normally found in stool, and experts couldn’t find a medical explanation for the persisting blood infection. Continue? at CBS news.