An Indiana mother is accused of injecting fecal matter into her 15-year-old son's IV bag while he was undergoing cancer treatments at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Tiffany Alberts, 41, allegedly said she did it because she'd hoped it would result in her 15-year-old son being moved to a different hospital unit that offered better treatment. Instead, the boy became gravely ill, suffered from episodes of septic shock and required surgery. The illness ultimately delayed his cancer treatments and has risked his chance of keeping his leukemia in remission, according to doctors cited in the documents.
Alberts' son had been receiving treatment for Leukemia since early August 2016 at the hospital, a Marion County police affidavit said. He was released and returned to the hospital a few days later, in early September 2016, with a fever, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the report.
Authorities said the incidents began back in September, shortly after Alberts' son went home after undergoing his first round of chemotherapy. The boy returned to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis a few days later with a fever, diarrhea and vomiting. Doctors performed blood tests, uncovering unexplainable organisms that are normally found in fecal matter.
The hospital's staff placed video surveillance in the boy's room. This video allegedly captured the mother, in several instances, using a syringe to inject something into his IV bag.
Alberts was brought to the Child Abuse Office for questioning, at first stating she was injecting water to "flush it as the medicine that was given to him burned." She later admitted to injecting her son's own fecal matter, which she kept in a gift bag on the bathroom sink of his room, since November 13.