A mom in Indiana, 41-year-old teacher, Tiffany Alberts, has been accused of injecting the IV line of her teen son, who is suffering from cancer, with feces. While she is awaiting trial in Wolcott, she is being allowed to live in Springfield, Arizona.
WHIO reported that on Wednesday, Alberts was released from jail after she posted a surety bond in the amount of $80,000. Alberts has been accused by prosecutors in Marion County, Indiana, of injecting the IV lines of her 15-year-old son with feces multiple times while he was undergoing treatment for cancer. Because of this, according to CBS affiliate, WLFI, the teenager developed blood infections that were both life-threatening and that also delayed his treatment against leukemia.
Police have charged Alberts with seven felony counts. Six of the felony charges are for aggravated battery, and one felony charge is for neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.
The Indiana woman’s son was being treated for leukemia at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and the medical staff were concerned when he kept developing unexplained infections, according to WIBW. On November 17, an investigation into child abuse began to discover what role Alberts might have had in causing her teen son’s mysterious infections. WLFI reported that court documents indicated the medical staff were able to prove via video surveillance that Alberts was injecting something into her son’s IV line, using a syringe, and that she had done so multiple times.
In September, Alberts’ son received his first round of chemotherapy, according to WHIO, and then he went home. He had to return to the hospital a few days later when he developed a high fever and had bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. At that time, doctors found organisms in the boy’s blood that are normally found in feces.
Initially, when Alberts was confronted with the evidence of the surveillance video, she claimed she had been injecting water into the IV. WIBW reported that the reason she gave, according to court documents, was she was trying to flush out the IV line. She said she did this because the medications her son was given were burning him.
Alberts eventually admitted that she had injected her son’s IV line with feces several times since November 13. She claimed that she did it in an effort to have her son moved to a different unit at Riley, where she believed he would receive better treatment.
FOX 28 reported that, as a result of the teen’s mother allegedly injecting his IV line with feces, he had to undergo numerous surgeries in order to change his central IV line due to a fear of infection. The boy ended up spending 18 days in an intensive care unit, and doctors said the boy could have died from septic shock as a result of his mother’s injections.
Pending her trial, on Wednesday, a judge allowed Alberts to live in Springfield. Online court records show that the Indiana woman’s pretrial hearing has been scheduled for January 17, 2017. The judge imposed a no contact order for her son as a condition of her release pending her trial. WLFI reported that the Tri-County school district where Alberts is employed said that she has been on leave since May when her husband died.
Indiana mom, Tiffany Alberts, is accused of having injected her teen son’s IV line with feces, while he was battling cancer in the hospital. A judge has allowed her to move to Springfield, Indiana, while she awaits trial. WHIO reported that the condition of Alberts’ teen son has improved, since his mom has not had further contact with him. However, they are afraid that the best time to successfully treat they boy’s leukemia had been lost. If the teen had gone through cancer treatment during the time he had a blood infection, it is likely that he would have died.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Marion County Jail