A mother was sentenced to 7 years in prison for injecting feces into her son's IV during cancer treatment
An Indiana mother, Tiffany Alberts, accused of injecting fecal matter into her son's IV while he was receiving cancer treatments, has been sentenced to seven years in prison after which, he will have to serve 5 years of probation, said the spokesman of the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Michael Leffler.
Alberts was eventually found guilty of six counts of aggravated battery and one count of neglect in a trial that took place in 2019. He was also accused of murder attempt but she was acquitted of that charge, court records show.
According to Marion County authorities, she used a syringe to inject feces into her son's IV while he was undergoing cancer treatment at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
The jury concluded that the woman knowingly "placed his son in a situation that endangered the dependent's life or health."
Alberts denied all of the accusations against her, stating that all she wanted was to have his son removed from the intensive care unit to another Riley unit, something that she thought would benefit her ill son.
Her son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016, receiving treatment since August of the same year. Just a month later, in September 2016, he was released from the medical center but he had to return after a few days because he was having fever and diarrhea, symptoms that doctors could not explain.
After carrying out some blood tests, they showed something even weirder: organisms usually found in human feces, which caused bacterial infection and sepsis in the teenager's body.
The question now was: How did the feces end up there? Was it a mistake during the blood tests? Soon, they found out the gruesome explanation for this. The hospital staff set up multiple hidden cameras monitoring Alberts' son room at all times. After a few days, they found his mother injecting a liquid substance into the IV's central line.
At first, Alberts told investigators that she was injecting plain water to "flush it as the medicine that was given to him burned." Eventually, he confessed and admitted to having introduced his son's own fecal matter, which she kept in a bag in the boy's room, investigators said.
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