Virginia Mom Admits Injecting Her Own Blood Into Disabled 5-Year-Old Son’s Nose & Mouth
Cops say Elizabeth Malone liked the medical attention her son got after the injections made him sicker.
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — A Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to child abuse after injecting her own blood into the nose and mouth of her disabled son. The injections further sickened the boy, and the mother allegedly poisoned him in order to get him extra medical attention.
Elizabeth Malone, a 29-year-old mother of three, moved from Texas to Virginia last year when her five-year-old disabled son, who is unable to speak, was admitted for treatment at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Last April, a surveillance camera was set up in the boy’s room after a nurse noticed a bloody napkin in the bathroom and a syringe hidden in Malone’s shirt sleeve.
The camera then filmed Malone using a syringe to inject blood into the child’s trachea tube and central IV line. The boy developed infections and high fevers as a result.
After viewing the video, police arrested Malone. She initially denied any wrongdoing, but admitted during questioning that she brought her blood to the hospital in a bag and used the syringe to inject it into her son’s system.
During the interview, Malone reportedly broke down and said, “I don't want to intentionally cause him harm. I know I did, I know I did. Punish me but please let me see my children again.”
Upon entering the guilty plea, Malone’s defense attorney said she disagreed with the hospital’s treatment of her son and just wanted to get him more attention. The lawyer said, “She denies any intention to harm her child. She loves her child like any mother.”
Prosecutors added that since Malone has been in custody, her son’s condition has improved dramatically and he has been going to school.
Malone is scheduled to be sentenced in July.