A mother has allegedly been caught on camera tampering with her five-month-old baby’s IV in hospital after doctors suspected child abuse. (Daily Mail)
Ladonna Parlier, 26, was filmed injecting an ‘unknown substance’ into her daughter Naomi’s intravenous tube in North Carolina, according to police.
Naomi, who weighs less than 8lbs, has a cleft palate and has been hospitalised for months for various health problems.
Detectives and doctors are now taking a close look at the baby’s patient history.
The mother-of-four from Conover has been charged with five counts each of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child neglect after police were called to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Wednesday night.
Police told WSOCTV.com that doctors had been suspicious of Parlier for some time and had just moved Naomi into a room equipped with a surveillance camera earlier that day.
The baby remains in hospital and is in a stable condition, police told WBTV.
‘She had a cleft palate. She had problems – a lot of problems – blood transfusions, stuff like that,’ the baby’s uncle, Timothy Justice, told WSOCTV.com.
The baby has had to undergo a number of surgeries but continues to struggle.
‘She’d get better, then go downhill, get better, then go downhill,’ Timonthy Parlier, Naomi’s father said in the report.
It is to early to say whether the allegations could be attributed to Münchausen syndrome by proxy, a disorder in which a parent abuses a child, in order to seek attention or sympathy.
Mr Parlier, told Eyewitness News, that he needs to see the footage before he can believe the allegations, adding that his wife is a devoted mother.
‘I’m devastated. I love her to death. I don’t believe none of it. I can’t get it in my head this really happened,’ he said.
Police are still testing the IV line and the bag.