Woman accused of contaminated daughter's IV tubes

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 8:57 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A prosecutor says a 23-year-old 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 Blanca Reneis Montano is charged with attempted murder and child abuse.

Prosecutor Ryan Schmidt told jurors during opening statements Wednesday that 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.

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

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