Mom accused of injecting feces into son's IV pleads guilty - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Mom accused of injecting feces into son's IV pleads guilty

Candida Fluty appears in court Wednesday (FOX19 NOW) Candida Fluty appears in court Wednesday (FOX19 NOW)
Prosecutors say this photo shows Fluty tampering with her son's IV. (Provided photo) Prosecutors say this photo shows Fluty tampering with her son's IV. (Provided photo)
The child's eyes are closed in the photos, and we have blurred his face (Photo provided) The child's eyes are closed in the photos, and we have blurred his face (Photo provided)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

After a series of delays, the mother accused of injecting feces into her ill son's IV finally pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Candida Fluty, 36, injected bodily fluids into the 9-year-old's IV during his treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

The West Virginia woman was indicted Jan. 27 on charges of felonious assault and endangering children. She is expected to serve six years in prison.

Fluty’s son has spent most of his life in-and-out of hospitals struggling with a disease called Hirschprung's that affects the colon, according to family members.

Prosecutors suspect the boy's illness may have been exaggerated or intensified by his own mother suffering from a mental disorder called Munchausen by proxy.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said surveillance photos show Fluty tampering with the IV bag.

"It was fecal matter and there was also, apparently, some urine and vaginal cells in material,” said Deters at an arraignment hearing in February. Officials suspected the urine in the mixture is that of Fluty, and the feces is her son's.

Her hearing was originally set for Monday, but it was pushed back a day after she failed to appear. Her lawyer said she mixed the date.

Then, a scare over a suspicious item in a suitcase a woman tried to bring into the courthouse evacuated the entire building Tuesday morning. By lunchtime, officials closed the courthouse for the day.

The suspicious item turned out to be a bottle of perfume shaped like a World War II-era grenade.

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