Woman caught on camera tampering with infant daughter's IV line

by: Mark Becker Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A woman who was caught by surveillance cameras tampering with her infant daughter's IV line in the hospital will spend three months in jail after a plea deal on Monday.

Ladonna Parlier pleaded guilty to one count of felony child abuse a year after surveillance cameras in the Carolinas Medical Center captured her drawing blood out of her daughter's IV line.

Naomi Parlier was only 5 months old at the time and had been in the hospital for almost two months while doctors tried to find out why she was not gaining weight and growing. When nurses saw the surveillance video they notified police who charged Parlier with five counts of felony child abuse.

The prosecutor said a closer look at Parlier's mental condition factored into her decision to dismiss all but one of those counts on Monday, in exchange for her guilty plea.

"According to her statement she never to harm the child, she even told the police that it was a compulsion, she couldn't stop," said assistant District Attorney Kelly Miller.

Miller said that Parlier has been undergoing treatment and has not had contact with Naomi or her other children since her arrest.

"We gave her probation so that she could get the medical treatment and the psychiatric treatment that she needs," Miller said.

Parlier's husband said he was aware of the deal, but did not comment further. He did not attend the plea hearing, but said that one year later Naomi is doing well.

"Fantastic," said Tim Parlier.