An Australian woman accused of poisoning her son denied the allegations against her during a District Court trial on Monday.
7News reports that a 39-year-old unnamed mother of four is accused of injecting fecal matter into her young son while he stayed at the Westmead Children’s Hospital in 2014. According to the prosecution, the child was under the age of 10 at the time of the incident.
Court documents indicate that the victim, who was in the hospital initially for asthma problems, became confused, delirious and started running a fever. Physicians administered testing for the victim; the results determined that he had fecal matter in his system.
During court on Monday, nurses testified that the suspect appeared “appropriately concerned” when told about the test results. The defense said the child’s contaminated bloodwork was likely an accident and asked the court why additional expert opinions weren’t asked for.
The prosecution said that medical staff, including multiple nurses, heard the boy asking his mother why she made him sick and “what did you do to my cannula this time?”
Pauline David, Grace Wong, a specialist pediatrician in the hospital’s child protection unit, testified for the defense and said that the prosecution’s claims were “unsubstantiated.” Wong said that the sample was not purposely contaminated in her opinion, adding that she didn’t feel the boy got a blood infection through his IV.
“I did not feel it was clinically warranted at the time and I remain of that opinion,” Wong said. “My opinion at the time … it was very unlikely to be a contaminant.”
Wong agreed, however, that the boy’s IV was “not in good order,” and had blockages.
During a 2014 interview with authorities, the young boy denied that his mother poisoned him and said his “brain goes all weird” at times, which causes him to stay “random stuff.”
The trial continues. Check back for updates.
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