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An Indiana woman who injected feces into her son’s IV is going to spend the next seven years of her life behind bars. On Saturday, 44-year-old Tiffany Alberts was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and five years of probation after she had been convicted of six counts of aggravated battery and one count of neglect in a trial held last September.

According to Marion County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Michael Leffler, Tiffany Alberts was ordered to serve five years probation following her prison sentence but was found not guilty of attempted murder charge.

In 2016, Alberts was arrested and charged after she had been caught on surveillance video using a syringe to inject feces into her son’s IV while he was undergoing cancer treatments at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Documents from the Marion County Superior Court revealed that the Indiana woman deliberately placed her son in a situation that would endanger his life.

Alberts’ 15-year-old son underwent chemotherapy treatment for leukemia that year but nurses at the hospital became suspicious of Alberts after the teen had started to develop more health problems during his treatment. According to reports, the victim started to develop blood infections and other ailments after Alberts had injected an unknown substance into her son’s IV bag.

As the boy started to show severe symptoms like high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, the hospital staff conducted blood tests and surprisingly found organisms in his blood that are commonly found in feces. Suspecting that someone might be contaminating the patient’s IV lines, they began monitoring his room with video surveillance and spotted Alberts injecting something into his central line.

Initially, Alberts told the police she only injected water into the IV bag to “flush the line” because her son’s medicine “burned.” Later on, she admitted to injecting fecal matter, not water, into her son’s IV. According to Alberts, she intentionally injected feces into her son’s IV bag so she could get him moved from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to another hospital unit she felt would provide better care. She denied wanting to kill her own son.

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