Tucson mom given 13 years in prison for sickening baby daughter

2013-08-09T11:31:00Z 2013-08-12T09:04:52Z Tucson mom given 13 years in prison for sickening baby daughterPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A woman who intentionally contaminated her baby daughter's intravenous lines with fecal matter causing the infant to contract several bacterial infections was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday.

The case against Blanca Reneis Montano started soon after she took her 5-month-old daughter and an older brother to University of Arizona Medical Center to be treated for the flu on Feb. 23, 2011. Tests showed the children had E. coli, according to court documents. The boy was treated and released after he improved, but the girl continued to get sick.

The infant was treated for a bacterial infection, would improve and then would get sick again, according to court documents. She developed between six and nine different bacterial diseases.

With hospital staff already suspicious of the repeated illnesses, had a hidden camera was installed in the hospital room. In separate instances the video showed Montano putting the IV lines in her mouth and grabbing the lines and doing something that set off an alarm on the IV pump, Schmidt said.

Montano was also filmed covering the camera lens with a piece of cotton.

At trial prosecutors said Montano had tampered with intravenous tubes connected to the child and placed them in the infant’s mouth.

Montano was convicted in May of child abuse under circumstances likely to cause death or serious injury.

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