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Prosecutors: Munchausen by proxy syndrome may be why mother put substance in child's IV

Candita Fluty (PHOTO: Hamilton County Sherif's Office) Candita Fluty (PHOTO: Hamilton County Sherif's Office)
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A mother of three is in the Hamilton County Jail tonight charged with putting something in her child's IV. FOX19 NOW has learned that prosecutors suspect Munchausen by proxy syndrome could be the motive.

Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a rare form of medical child abuse where the primary caretaker, in this case the mother, exaggerates or makes up illnesses or symptoms in their children for attention. In some cases, caretakers have been known to create an illness in the child. While prosecutors tell FOX 19 NOW they do suspect this mother suffers from the mental disorder, her attorney says it's all a complete misunderstanding.

"He's only 9-years-old and I'm sure he's scared to death being in the hospital without mother,” attorney Elizabeth Zucker told a judge Monday regarding her client Candida Fluty.

Fluty is charged with felonious assault and endangering children after authorities say she injected an unknown substance into her son's IV at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. It is a claim court documents say is supported by Fluty's statements and video evidence.

"Your Honor, Ms. Fluty is 35-years-old. She lives in West Virginia but her son is here. She is the only connection he has here. She has been in the hospital everyday with him,” said Zucker.

"Your Honor, I would ask for an extremely high bond. The allegations are she put something in her son's IV. I would ask for a no contact order with her son,” countered prosecutors.

According to Fluty's public Facebook page, her 9-year-old son suffers from Hirschsprung's disease and has been in and out of the hospital since birth. Her last post on Friday night said her son just had 9 teeth removed along with a tube change. She believed morphine may have been causing him to have a fever.

Though the family lives in West Virginia, Fluty's mother-in-law tells FOX19 NOW Fluty and her son have been in Cincinnati since early December while he underwent surgeries at Children's Hospital. Fluty's attorney told the judge she had permission through the hospital to clean his IV and what she injected was not medically foreign to her son.

We have contacted Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House where Fluty and her son may have been staying according to her Facebook page but they declined to comment.

Family members tell FOX19 NOW the child's father is with him at the hospital but did not have any further comment about the case.

Fluty is being held on $50,000 bond. A judge also granted a no contact order with her son. Her next court date is scheduled for January 27th.

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