Mom Charged With Attempted Murder For Injecting Son With Feces
She was caught on video using a syringe to inject her 15-year-old son's IV bag with an unknown substance, court documents say. Now, she's facing serious jail time for the sickening act after a confession revealed exactly what that substance was.
According to Fox 59 in Indiana, prosecutors have charged 41-year-old teacher Tiffany Alberts with attempted murder after she admitted to injecting feces into her son's IV bag while he was receiving treatment for leukemia.
It all began when Alberts' son received treatment for his leukemia in September at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, CBS affiliate WLFI reports. The 15-year-old was sent home but returned days later with symptoms of fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
Doctors then noticed stool in his blood, a development that was inexplicable to staff at the hospital, until video surveillance revealed what was behind the teenager's infections.
Footage from that surveillance showed Alberts injecting material into his IV bag multiple times, which prompted the hospital to call police in November to investigate.
She would soon confess to police, first claiming she injected him with water, but later admitting it was fecal matter.
Alberts allegedly claims she only infected her own son so he could be transferred to a better hospital unit.
Though that investigation led to Alberts' arrest, it appears her son might be the one who will bear the greatest consequence.
The 15-year-old's condition has improved, but doctors fear they may have missed the window to keep his leukemia in remission since the boy's cancer could not be treated with bacteria in his blood, WLFI reports.
Instead of receiving treatment for leukemia, the teenager had undergone months of hospitalization to address his infections. Now the delay in chemotherapy treatments could result in his death.
Alberts, meanwhile, is facing six counts of aggravated battery and one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, in addition to the attempted murder charge.
According to WLFI, Alberts was released from the Marion County Jail on bond and has been allowed to live in Ohio.