SHOCK: Mother Accused of Injecting Feces Into IV Line of Son With Cancer
A woman in Indiana has been accused of an unthinkable crime. The mother of a 15-year-old boy, under treatment for leukemia, is accused of injecting feces into the boy's IV line. Hospital staff believe that the resulting illnesses caused the boy to miss the best window of opportunity to treat his leukemia.
The woman, 41-year-old teacher Tiffany Alberts, has been on leave from the local school district since her husband died in May. She has been charged with seven felonies and was issued a no-contact order.
According to court documents and a confession to police, the woman purposefully made her son's condition worse. Riley Hospital for Children, where the boy was being treated, launched a child abuse investigation on November 17 after he became violently ill for no apparent reason. Hospital staff told police that the boy completed his first round of leukemia treatment in September and went home, but returned a few days later with a high fever, vomiting, and severe diarrhea. Blood work revealed an infection that could not be explained by the symptoms and treatment for his leukemia.
Media reports detail the results of police 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 station reports.
Alberts was arrested and a judge issued a no-contact order, the station reports. The boy’s health has since improved, but he was hospitalized for months, underwent several surgeries and doctors worry they may have missed their best window to treat his leukemia. They say the boy would have died had he undergone cancer treatment while he still had the blood infection.
Local TV Station WTTV reported that the boy took a significant turn for the worse, causing the hospital to set up surveillance:
Records show the teen had high fevers and was vomiting almost every day.
Hospital staff grew suspicious because the boy was getting sicker, so he was moved to a room with surveillance cameras.
The cameras showed Alberts injecting her son’s IV with a substance from a syringe. Hospital staff tested the teen’s blood, which showed positive results for organisms normally found in stool.
Alberts claimed she did it so her son would get better treatment.
The hospital staff says the teen was so sick from the fecal injections that he was placed on a ventilator, had several surgeries and likely missed his chance to recover from leukemia.