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What Mom Injected Into Son's IV Gets Her 7 Years

Tiffany Alberts, 44, was caught on a hospital camera
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2019 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – An Indiana mother who confessed to injecting fecal matter into her son's IV is going to prison, the Indianapolis Star reports. Tiffany Alberts, 44, got seven years behind bars and five years' probation on charges of aggravated battery and neglect, but beat an attempted murder rap. Back in 2016, Alberts pumped fecal matter into her 15-year-old son's IV at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was being treated for leukemia. Doctors noticed that the boy developed mysterious and persistent blood infections, which forced them to stop his chemotherapy for nearly two months. Doctors said he might have died from septic shock, per Fox 59.

Alberts initially said she used water to "flush it as the medicine that was given to him burned," but later admitted it was fecal matter she stored in a gift bag in the bathroom sink of her son's room, per WGN. Her explanation? She did it to have him bumped to another floor for better medical treatment. Hospital staff later uncovered Alberts' crime on hospital surveillance footage. (In related news, the deaths of a woman and two children might be murder-suicide.)

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