A mum-of-four accused of injecting faeces into her son while he was in hospital was “appropriately concerned” when she saw his blood test results, a court has heard.
The boy, 9, who was a patient at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia, was reportedly overheard by nurses asking his mum "why are you making me sick?”, “why are you doing this to me?” and “what did you do to my cannula this time?”.
The 39-year-old defendant, from Blue Mountains in New South Wales, is charged with using poison to endanger a life.
Evidence presented to Downing Centre District Court yesterday revealed the mum was “appropriately concerned” and appeared distressed when she heard about his blood sample results.
The mum then asked about a subsequent blood test, which came back negative for bacteria.
On September 27, 2014, blood tests taken from the boy showed the presence of E.coli and one other bowel organism according to 7News.
The results came after a number of sterile blood tests when he was first admitted on September 2. A second blood test was also sterile.
Nurse Lindie Brown, who gave evidence in court, said the boy became "very unwell" during one of her shifts and registered a temperature of 40C and began experiencing shaking, the New Zealand Herald reports.
The lawyers acting for the mum argued that the results September 27 indicating bacteria present were a result of accidental contamination.
Grace Wong, a specialist paediatrician in the hospital’s child protection unit, appeared as a witness in court and defended medical experts view that accidental sample contamination was rejected.
He said: “My opinion at the time… it was very unlikely to be a contaminant.”
The paediatrician agreed the site of the boy’s cannula was “not in good order” and it had experienced blockages. However, it was unlikely the boy had been infected this way.
In a video taken by police in 2014, the boy said his mother had not poisoned him and she did not play with his intravenous line.
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The boy revealed his "brain goes all weird" when he is unwell and he says "random stuff”.
The trial continues.
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