Tiffany Alberts, 44, of Wolcott, Indiana, who confessed of injecting feces into her child's IV bag, was found not guilty of attempted murder. However, she was convicted of seven other felony charges.
Alberts has been sentenced to seven years in prison, court documents showed. She is also set to serve five years of probation following her jail time.
Her boy had been receiving leukemia treatment at Riley Hospital for Children since early August 2016. He was released and returned to the hospital some days later, in September 2016, with a fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Riley Hospital for Children contacted the local police in 2016, after the blood tests of Alberts' then-15-year-old boy, who was being treated for leukemia, showed daily positive cultures for microorganisms usually found in stool. As a result, the boy started developing several infections of unexplained origin.
The medical staff suspected that someone might be contaminating the teenager's IV lines on purpose. The hospital began monitoring his room with video surveillance. It turned out that his mother was injecting a substance into his central line.
At first, Albert told the police she was injecting water. Subsequently, the mother admitted to injecting her son's fecal matter. She kept it a gift bag on the bathroom sink of his room, the investigators said. The police also found diarrhea medicines and weight loss pills among the mother's belongings.
The injections had severely affected the boy's treatment, the doctors said, highlighting that they had to put his chemotherapy on hold for nearly 55 days, which increased the chances of relapse of leukemia and lowered his chances of survival.
Tiffany Alberts said she wanted to have her son moved from the intensive unit to another Riley department, where she believed he could get better medical care, the court documents showed.
Alberts is not the first mother who faced charges of that nature. In October 2019, Kelly Renee Turner, 41, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 7-old girl, Olivia Gant.
The prosecutors proved that the mother lied of her daughter having cancer and withholding medical treatment and nourishment in the last weeks of her child's life. In addition, the Colorado-based mother was also charged with forgery, theft, child abuse and bilking Medicaid out of almost USD 538,000.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the court's decision to give the mother seven years in prison?