Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tucson mom accused of harming baby pleads not guilty to attempted murder, child abuse charges

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


First Posted: April 22, 2011 - 8:30 pm
Last Updated: April 22, 2011 - 8:30 pmAAA





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TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson woman accused of harming her baby has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and child abuse.


Pima County prosecutors say 21-year-old Blanca Reneis Montano allegedly contaminated the 7-month-old girl's intravenous lines.


Montano was arraigned Friday. Her next court hearing is June 9.


Authorities say Montano took her daughter and a son to University Medical Center on Feb. 23 for the flu, but tests showed they had E. coli.


Both children improved after treatment, but the baby ended up in critical condition after developing nine different fungal, bacterial and viral infections.


Tucson police and state Child Protective Services were called by medical personnel because they were suspicious Montano was causing the baby's ill health. She was arrested April 5. The baby recovered and is in CPS custody.