TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson woman who intentionally contaminated her baby
daughter’s intravenous lines with fecal matter has been sentenced to 13 years in
Pima County prosecutors said Blanca Reneis Montano was sentenced Friday.
She was convicted in May of child abuse under circumstances likely to cause
death or serious injury.
Her child contracted several bacterial infections but survived.
The Arizona Daily Star said the case against Montano
started after she took her then 5-month-old to a Tucson hospital with
flu symptoms in February 2011.
Tests showed the infant had E. coli.
The hospital staff installed a hidden camera in the girl’s room and video
showed Montano putting the IV lines in her mouth, grabbing the lines and doing
something that set off an alarm on the IV pump.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com