A former Indiana teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison after she admitted to injecting fecal matter into her teenage son’s IV in 2016.
Tiffany Alberts was sentenced to seven years in prison and will serve an additional five years on probation, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
Back in September, the Wolcott resident was convicted of six counts of aggravated battery for injecting her 15-year-old’s IV with fecal matter while he was undergoing treatment for cancer.
She was charged with attempted murder but was found not guilty in September.
In November 2016, Alberts was charged after it was learned that the feces was causing her son to get bacterial infections and sepsis.
In 2016, Alberts’ son had to go back to the hospital – a week after finishing cancer treatment – because he had multiple bacteria infections.
Doctors conducted extensive evaluations of the teen and determined that there was no medial reason to explain the ongoing blood infections, a press release from the office states.
Hospital staff became suspicious after the teen developed a series of inexplicable infections, high fever, impenetrable headaches, constant vomiting, while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia in 2016, leading into an investigation of what ‘could have gone wrong.’
It wasn’t until the boy was moved to another room at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis that installed video surveillance cameras caught Alberts on several occasions injecting an unknown substance into her son’s IV bag.
Blood tests revealed organisms commonly found in feces. Alberts argued her actions were an attempt to get her son moved to another hospital unit she felt would provide better care.
She initially told police she injected water into the IV bag to ‘flush the line’ because his medicine ‘burned.’ Authorities said she later admitted to injecting fecal matter.
Doctors said the infections delayed the teen’s treatment for two months, putting his health at risk, the Indianapolis Star reported.