TUCSON, Ariz. (May 23, 2013)—Blanca Reneis Montano, 23, who’s on trial in Tucson, Ariz., contaminated her hospitalized infant daughter's intravenous lines in an attempt to get attention from the girl's father, prosecutors say.
Montano is charged with attempted murder and child abuse in the incident.
Prosecutor Ryan Schmidt told jurors during opening statements 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 lens.
Defense lawyer Paul Skitzki said there's no evidence that Montano made her daughter ill intentionally.
He said Montano is a devoted mother who stayed at her daughter's bedside.