A mother of five, who works as a special needs teacher with young children, has admitted to putting faecal matter into her son’s IV while he was undergoing treatment for cancer.
The mum, Tiffany Alberts, 41, has been arrested and is charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent.
The Indiana mother, who writes extensively on Facebook about her life raising her children, one of whom has a disability, had been devotedly by her son’s side as he underwent the treatments.
WXIN reports that earlier this month staff at the hospital became concerned when the teenager’s illness took an unusual turn. He began to get multiple infections that they could not explain.
Police were told the teenager had received his first round of chemotherapy in September and was sent home, but just days later he returned with a fever and was experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting.
This month he was back in hospital after having more chemotherapy and experiencing more strange unexplained symptoms.
Suspicious, hospital staff moved the boy to a room where they could keep him under video surveillance.
On November 17, the same day they moved him, they caught his mother on video injecting a substance into his IV multiple times.
Alberts was taken in for questioning she initially told police that she had been injecting water into her son’s IV line to “flush it” because she claimed the medicine that they were giving him burned.
Detectives found a gift bag in the bathroom of the child’s hospital room that contained a bag for a substance that was consistent with faecal matter. They also found diarrhoea medication and weight loss pills, reports Fox News.
Stunned, police interviewed Alberts again and she admitted that she had been injecting the boy’s IV with his own faecal matter, and that it wasn’t the first time, in fact she had done it several times during his illness.