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Mother Caught Putting Feces In Child’s IV Could Face Up to 8 Years

January 29, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The Hamilton County (Ohio) Prosecutor is speaking out about a mother from Mingo County who’s accused of putting fecal matter into her 9-year-old son Elijah’s IV while he was being treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital earlier this month.

On Tuesday, a grand jury in Ohio indicted Candy Fluty on four felony counts, including two counts of felonious assault. On 700 WLW radio show in Cincinnati, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters gave details of the crime.

“She put it into his IV,” Deters said. “When she does this, his fever spikes, as you would expect. Again, we’re just thankful the hospital caught this before the child was killed. We don’t believe her intent was to kill the child. We believe her intent was to make him sick, and she succeeded.”

Deters says Fluty was under video surveillance for the past year after hospital officials suspected she was tampering with her son’s care.

“Things were not making sense to them,” Deters told 700 WLW. “When he was there before, some of the IV lines had been broken.”

Family members say Elijah has spent most of his life in and out of hospitals battling Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects the colon.

Prosecutors now suspect Elijah’s illness may have been exaggerated or intensified by Candy Fluty, who they say could be suffering from a mental disorder known as “munchausen by proxy.”

“She was getting money from people on Facebook from people trying to help the child,” Deters said. “She was getting a lot of attention for this. They {Cincinnati Children’s Hospital} have every right to put cameras in their room for security purposes, and they caught her.”

Fluty’s son is now in the custody of West Virginia Children’s Services. Prosecutors say he is living with a family member.

Candy Fluty is out of jail on $50,000 bond. If convicted of all four felony charges, Fluty could spend up to eight years in prison.

 

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