INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — A Wolcott mother who injected feces into her sick son's IV lines while he was in the hospital has been found guilty, according to online court records. Tiffany Alberts appeared in a Marion County court Thursday and was found guilty of six counts of aggravated battery and one count of neglect of a dependent.
She was found not guilty of attempted murder.
The boy developed life-threatening blood infections as a result. It also delayed his cancer treatment, according to 2016 WLFI reports.
On Nov. 17, 2016, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis launched an investigation when medical staff members said a 15-year-old boy being treated for leukemia there developed several unexplained infections. Prosecutors in Marion County said Alberts injected feces multiple times into her son’s IV lines.
Documents said Alberts, who was a teacher, was seen over surveillance footage injecting an unknown substance into the lines.
According to court documents obtained by WLFI in 2016, Alberts was brought in for questioning. She allegedly first told investigators she injected water into her son’s IV to “flush the line” because the “medicine that was given to him burned,” the documents said.
But the woman allegedly later confessed, telling investigators she injected the boy’s IV with fecal matter several times since Nov. 13. She claimed she only did it to get her son moved to another unit at Riley, where she said treatment was better.
The boy’s health has since improved. As we reported, he was hospitalized for months, underwent several surgeries and doctors worry they may have missed their best window to treat his leukemia. According to WLFI reports, doctors said the boy would have died had he undergone cancer treatment while he still had the blood infection.
The Tri-County School district told News 18 she was on leave since May 2016.
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