In 2011, 23-year-old Blanca Montano of Tuscon, Arizona was sentenced to thirteen years in prison after allegedly infecting her hospitalized infant daughter with foreign bacterias, including fecal matter. Months before Montano's arrest, her two young children tested positive for E. Coli, a dangerous bacteria found in human waste. While her eldest son had a normal recovery, Montano's seven month-old daughter continued to fall suspiciously ill, contracting infection after infection. Over the girl's month-long hospital stay, doctors treated her for nine rare and unusual infections that placed her in intensive care. Determined to keep up the ruse, Montano demanded they administer a completely unnecessary bone marrow biopsy.
Once the medical team realized they could be dealing with a case of Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy, a camera was installed in the infant's hospital room to monitor the mother's behavior while she was alone with her. What they found was horrifying. Not only was Montano caught on tape contaminating the baby's IV by sticking it into her own mouth, but she brazenly acknowledged the camera as she attempted to cover its lens. According to a witness, Montano was seen throughout the hospital carrying syringes in her purse.
The police alerted Child Protective Services, who quickly prohibited Montano from visiting her daughter in the southern Arizona hospital. As suspected, the little girl's health began to improve significantly. Montano continues to maintain her innocence while the prosecution argued she kept the child sick in an attempt to win back the attention of the baby's father.