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Mother pleads guilty to putting feces on catheter

Mother pleads guilty to putting feces on catheter

A Texas woman whom police say was caught on tape smearing human waste on her then-3-year-old daughter's IV catheter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to injury to a child.
Emily Beth McDonald entered her plea Monday before a judge in Austin, who sentenced the 25-year-old mother under terms of a plea deal. The catheter was a central venous line, which connected directly to the girl's bloodstream.
Defense attorney Bob Phillips told the Austin American-Statesman that McDonald put feces on the catheter while the girl was in the hospital because she wanted to elevate the girl's fever to make doctors continue an antibiotic treatment they planned to stop.
Prosecutor Rob Drummond said McDonald committed "medical child abuse.
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http://www.statesman.com