Woman injects disabled son with her own blood so that he could get more attention from hospital staff
Elizabeth Malone pleaded guilty to child abuse but said her actions were prompted by her son's welfare and were not done with intention to harm the child
A mother has admitted to poisoning her disabled 5-year-old son after she was caught on surveillance cameras injecting him with her own blood as she wanted the hospital staff to pay more attention to him.
Twenty nine-year-old Elizabeth Malone pleaded guilty to child abuse on Wednesday after the cameras at a hospital in Virginia caught her using a syringe to inject blood into her sick son's nose and mouth in April last year.
According to reports, the severely ill child was admitted to the Inova Fairfax Hospital last year after Malone reported that he was bleeding from his mouth and his tracheostomy tube.
The Daily Mail reported that the child, who cannot talk because of his disability, had already been in the hospital seven times in the past two months for unexplained bleeding. Surveillance cameras were installed in the child's hospital room after one of the nurses found a syringe hidden in Malone's sleeve and a bloody napkin in the bathroom.
The hospital staff then alerted child protective services days earlier because they were afraid that someone was intentionally harming the child.
The security video, which was obtained by NBC, shows Malone using a syringe to inject her blood into her son's trach tube and central IV line while he lays on the bed.
She is then seen placing one of his stuffed toys closer to his body before the hospital staff are seen rushing to treat him.
Malone was arrested on April 25 last year after authorities saw the footage. The mother denied doing anything wrong initially but later admitted that she had taken some of her own blood in a bag to the hospital and inserted it in a syringe.
The mother said in a police interview: "I don't want to intentionally cause him harm. I know I did, I know I did. Punish me but please let me see my children again."
The boy was left with infections and high fevers after he was injected with her blood. The doctors said at the time that the child could have died if he hadn't been treated properly.
Malone's defense attorney told the judge on March 13 that she denies intentionally trying to harm her son. The attorney also said that the mother, who was not happy with her son's treatment, had noticed the way the hospital staff had responded to her son on a previous occasion when he was bleeding.
The court heard that she injected the boy with her own blood to try and recreate those symptoms.
The attorney told the judge: "She denies any intention to harm her child. She loves her child like any mother."
Malone is scheduled to be sentenced in July.