Woman accused of contaminating daughter's IV tubes

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A prosecutor says a woman on trial in Tucson contaminated her hospitalized infant daughter's intravenous lines in an attempt to get attention from the girl's father.

The Arizona Daily Star ( http://bit.ly/12xG3Qo) reports that 23-year-old Blanca Reneis Montano is charged with attempted murder and child abuse.

Prosecutor Ryan Schmidt told jurors during opening statements Wednesday there's evidence that the daughter contracted multiple bacteria diseases such as E. coli because of contamination introduced by Montano.

Schmidt said a hidden camera placed by the hospital in the child's room showed Montano manipulating her daughter's IV tubes and covering the camera.

Defense lawyer Paul Skitzki said there's no evidence that Montano intentionally made her daughter ill.

He said Montano is a devoted mother who stayed at her daughter's bed side.


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