But she eventually confessed she had been collecting his feces and injecting it into his IV tube, and had been doing so since November 13. She said she did it to try to get him moved from intensive care to a different floor at the hospital, where she believed he would get better care.
Officers found diarrhea medication and weight loss pills among her belongings, as well as a gift bag containing fecal matter on the bathroom sink of her son's hospital room.
Because of the infections she caused, his chemotherapy treatment had to be delayed for almost two months, and doctors feared they had missed the best window to treat it, lowering his chances of survival.
They said that had he undergone the treatment with the infections, he would have died.
After undergoing several surgeries, the teen's health has since improved.