A 35-year-old woman from Gifu Prefecture was arrested Wednesday for allegedly attempting to kill her 1-year-old daughter by adding contaminated water to the intravenous drip the child was being administered at Kyoto University Hospital in Kyoto, police said.
According to investigations, the woman used a syringe to inject contaminated water into an intravenous drip hooked up to her fifth daughter at the hospital's intensive care unit between Monday and Tuesday.
Her daughter could have died due to blood poisoning, but her condition is improving following treatment. The woman's second, third, and fourth daughters all died of illness by the age 4.
The fifth daughter was transferred to Kyoto University Hospital in early December from a Gifu hospital. Her condition was worsening due to blood poisoning, and tests detected the presence of the fungus candida albicans, which is not normally found in the bloodstream.
Suspecting child abuse, the hospital consulted the police and checked on the woman's movements. They found she had mixed a sports drink with water and waited until the liquid went bad before using it in the case, according to police. She also possessed a syringe, they added.
Police officials said that doctors reported to police that the IV had been tampered with once before on Dec 11. A surveillance camera, set up in the ICU, recorded the mother injecting the drink into the IV drip.
The father lives in their house in Gifu Prefecture, and the mother has commuted to the hospital to take care of the daughter since she was transferred from another hospital in Gifu at the beginning of December.© Wire reports