On several occasions between November 13th and 17th of 2016, 41 year old Tiffany Alberts of Wolcott, Indiana, injected feces into her son’s central IV line during his cancer treatment. The boy had been undergoing treatment for leukemia at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis since early August this year. Alberts’ reasoning for this was that she wished for her son to be moved into another unit in Riley, where “the treatment was better.”
Hospital staff began to monitor the victim’s mother in his hospital room on video surveillance after blood tests had shown that organisms normally found in feces, were inside the patient’s blood. These organisms were only found after the patient contracted an infection that an extensive medical evaluation could not explain. After staff observed the mother injecting a mysterious substance into her son, she was taken to the child abuse office for questioning. Before Alberts admitted to injecting her son with his own fecal matter, she said she had given him water in his IV to, “flush it, as the medicine that was given to him burned.” She had kept the feces in a gift bag on the sink in his bathroom since November 13. Doctors say that if they had not caught the abuse from his mother, the boy would have died from undergoing his cancer treatments while he still had the blood infection.
Alberts was charged with six counts of aggravated battery and one count of neglect of a dependant, resulting in serious bodily injury. The victim’s doctor, Dr. Veda Ackerman, reportedly stated that her greatest concern was that they missed the best possible window of time to keep his leukemia in remission. Dr Ackerman has also said that that the victim “could have died from any of the episodes of septic shock and may well from his leukemia due to the prolonged delay in therapy.” Since then, the boy’s health has been improving.