Mother ac­cused of IV tam­per­ing in trou­ble again

Of­fi­cials want bond re­voked, say she vi­o­lated court or­der

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO&STATE - By Steven Krey­tak

A woman ac­cused of smear­ing fe­ces on a catheter lead­ing into her daugh­ter’s blood­stream was found by a child wel­fare of­fi­cial last week with a child, a vi­o­la­tion of her pre­trial re­lease, ac­cord­ing to Travis County pros­e­cu­tors.

State District Judge Julie Ko­curek set a hear­ing for Fri­day on a pros­e­cu­tor’s mo­tion to re­voke Emily Beth McDon­ald’s bond.

McDon­ald, 24, who could face up to life in prison on an in­jury to a child charge, has been free since her June 2009 ar­rest on a per­sonal re­cog­ni­zance bond. As a con­di­tion of the bond, which was ini­tially signed by an­other judge, Ko­curek or­dered McDon­ald not to have con­tact with any chil­dren.

At a May hear­ing, McDon­ald’s lawyers un­suc­cess­fully re­quested that Ko­curek al­low her

Con­tin­ued from B1 su­per­vised visi­ta­tion with her chil­dren, who at the time were 4, 5 and 7.

It was her youngest child that McDon­ald is ac­cused of in­jur­ing in May 2009, at Dell Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

On July 20, ac­cord­ing to a mo­tion filed by pros­e­cu­tor Jackie Wood, a Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices worker made an unan­nounced visit to McDon­ald’s par­ents’ home in Manor and found McDon­ald with a child of about 3 at her side.

Wood said in an in­ter­view that she did not know the iden­tity of the child.

“The de­fen­dant placed her hand on the child’s head and stated, ‘Now that you are awake, I have to go up­stairs,’ and left the room,” the mo­tion stated.

Wood ar­gued in the mo­tion that McDon­ald’s ac­tions and the na­ture of the ac­cu­sa­tions against her “in­di­cate that she is a great dan­ger to chil­dren.”

“The de­fen­dant’s fla­grant dis­re­gard for the court’s or­der” also il­lus­trates the dan­ger, Wood wrote.

McDon­ald’s daugh­ter was ad­mit­ted to Dell Chil­dren’s on April 15, 2009, with a high fever and “a long his­tory of chronic di­ar­rhea,” ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit. Blood tests came back pos­i­tive for bac­te­ria com­monly found in fe­ces.

Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials even­tu­ally set up a hid­den cam­era in the girl’s room af­ter she con­tin­ued to have set­backs in her re­cov­ery and af­ter they had to re­place her

Wood ar­gued in the mo­tion that McDon­ald’s ac­tions and the na­ture of the ac­cu­sa­tions against her ‘in­di­cate that she is a great dan­ger to chil­dren.’

in­tra­venous lines sev­eral times be­cause of in­fec­tions or clots, the af­fi­davit said.

On May 31, hos­pi­tal staff re­viewed the footage and saw McDon­ald smear­ing fe­ces on a cap to the girl’s cen­tral ve­nous line, the af­fi­davit said.

A cen­tral ve­nous line is a catheter, of­ten in­serted into a pa­tient’s chest or neck, that leads to a vein or di­rectly into the heart. It al­lows the quick in­ser­tion of med­i­ca­tion or flu­ids and al­lows mon­i­tor­ing of car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

McDon­ald told po­lice that she had smeared fe­ces on the line cap five times dur­ing her daugh­ter’s six-week hos­pi­tal stay, the af­fi­davit said.

Phone mes­sages left at McDon­ald’s par­ents’ home in Manor and with her lawyer, Bob Phillips, were not re­turned Mon­day.

In May, Phillips said McDon­ald’s two youngest chil­dren were liv­ing with her hus­band, who is their fa­ther, and the old­est child is liv­ing with her own fa­ther. Phillips called McDon­ald a “trou­bled young woman” who “needs treat­ment and coun­sel­ing.”

Jay Jan­ner

In May, Emily McDon­ald and lawyer Bob Phillips un­suc­cess­fully sought visi­ta­tion rights. She also had been told to stay away from all chil­dren.

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