While her teenage son underwent hospital treatment for leukemia, 41-year-old Tiffany Alberts spent much of her time at his bedside, supporting him in his fight against the disease. Oh, and allegedly injecting his IV drip with “fecal matter” on multiple occasions, in what she later told police was an attempt to get him better treatment.
Alberts’ son, one of her five children, contracted a number of “unexplainable infections” while in hospital — infections which were later linked back to organisms normally found in feces. Following an investigation, surveillance footage from his hospital room, however, showed Alberts tampering with his IV line. (It’s not clear what suspicions led doctors to monitor the boy’s room.) At first she told police she was simply “flushing” the IV as the medicine prescribed was causing pain, but local news station Fox 2 Now reports she later confessed to the poop injections — court documents filed in the case against her reveal she claimed “she did it to get her son moved to another unit that had better treatment.”
Instead, however, she’s made her son’s condition far worse — the infections have severely affected his prognosis, though his condition is now said to be improving. Doctors told Fox 2 that “he’s required several surgeries to changes his central venous line due to concern for infection,” and that “he could have died from any one of the episodes of septic shock.” Also, the delays in his treatment have meant the chemo is less likely to keep his cancer in remission.
Alberts has been charged with six counts of aggravated battery and one count of neglect of a dependent.