Mother charged for feeding her child feces
6/3/2009 2:24 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff
An Austin woman has been charged with injury to a child after confessing to placing feces into her daughter's feeding tube, according to the arrest affidavit.
According to the Austin Police Department, doctors at Dell Children's Hospital obtained surveillance video of 23-year-old Emily Beth McDonald committing the act on May 31.
Originally, the hospital contacted a child abuse detective, and a doctor explained that the 3-year-old was being treated for "serious infections caused by unusual organisms." The doctor said the child's blood culture began growing organisms found in feces, making hospital staff and doctors became suspicious, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, the hospital decided to place a surveillance camera in the child's room, after which point doctor witnessed "suspicious activity by the mother on the victim." The doctor showed the video to the detective and told the detective McDonald's actions were life-threatening to the child.
Dell Children's Hospital interviewed McDonald and she confessed to committing the act five times since her daughter was admitted to the hospital between April 15 and May 31. McDonald said she knew her actions might keep her daughter sick and could eventually kill her. Police then arrested McDonald.
Injury to a child is a first degree felony punishable by life in prison