Austin, Texas – Little Dakota was admitted to the hospital on April 15 with a high fever and a long history of chronic diarrhea. Dakota, who was born premature, has suffered health problems since infancy. Now, here she is, at 3-years-old, continuing to suffer–with a little help from her mom.
For several weeks after her admission into the hospital, Dakota cycled from recovery to setback. Suspicions grew when Dakota began to suffer from serious infections caused by organisms found in feces. A surveillance camera was placed in her room. On Sunday, the tapes were reviewed.
On those tapes, Emily McDonald can be seen removing shit from her daughter’s diaper and smearing on the child’s Central Ventricular Line cap; that line goes directly into the girl’s bloodstream.
Nice, mom. Real fucking nice.
When questioned by detectives at the hospital, Emily admitted to wiping feces on the cap on five separate occasions, between April 15 and May 31, at the hospital.
Did she know that feces in the bloodstream would make her daughter sick? Yes, she did. Was she aware that her actions could lead to the death of her child? Yep, she sure was.
Emily McDonald, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree injury to a child, a felony. If convicted, she could face life in prison. Emily was released on $100,000 bond on Wednesday. She must wear an electronic monitoring device and an emergency protective order has been issued to keep her away from all three of her children.
Comments from her attorney, Bob Phillips, made me LOFL, especially this one: “I believe that as the facts unfold, the impression people have of this young woman will change for the better.” Sure…whatever helps you sleep at night, Bill.