Candida Fluty jailed on $50,000 bond.
A West Virginia mother was ordered to stay away from her chronically-ill son after police said she injected a substance into his intravenous line at a local hospital.
Bond set at $50,000 with no contact.
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Candida Fluty, 35, is charged with felonious assault and child endangering.
CINCINNATI – A West Virginia mother was ordered to stay away from her chronically-ill son after police said she injected a substance into his intravenous line at a local hospital.
Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Cheryl Grant also set $50,000 in bonds Monday for Candida "Candy" Fluty, 35, of Kermit, W.Va. after police charged her with felonious assault and child endangering.
Fluty was arrested at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on Saturday, the day after court documents state she “knowingly injected a substance into the victim’s peripheral IV line” inside one of the rooms.
During her arraignment, Fluty’s defense attorney, Elizabeth Zucker, argued the charges were the result of a gross misunderstanding.
“It's my understanding that it was nothing medical that was injected,” Zucker said. “It's nothing foreign to him and that she's been responsible with the hospital's permission to flushing his . . . he has an IV.”
Zucker requested Fluty be released immediately from the Hamilton County Detention Center without bond, so the mother could be with her son who remains at Children’s Hospital.
“She is the only connection that he has here,” Zucker said. “She has been in the hospital every day with him helping provide for his care. This is a total misunderstanding . . . he is only 9-years-old and I’m sure he’s scared to death being in the hospital without his mother.”
Candy Fluty’s son underwent surgery Friday at Children’s. On her Facebook page the mother says the boy has a rare condition of the large intestines called Hirschsprung’s Disease.
The disease is usually diagnosed at birth, according to the Mayo Clinic, but mild forms of the condition might not be detected until later in childhood. The mother and son traveled about 190 miles from West Virginia for treatment.
In a post Friday morning, Fluty wrote, “It never gets easier!!! He made me cry today as well as a few others in the OR. As he was drifting asleep with the mask on his little face, he said I love you Mama, I don’t know what I’d do without you!!! My heart melted. He has that effect on me. Surgery should be about 3 hours!!”
Judge Grant was not swayed by Candy Fluty's situation when she approved the prosecutions' no-contact order and set bond.
“I asked if she was a nurse (Candy Fluty), if she was his caretaker,” she said. “I wanted to, when they gave me these facts, I wanted to know why she was -- the allegation was she injecting something into him, so I'm inquiring as to her status with her son and I was informed she had no status other than the fact that she was a mother and her son was in the hospital. Right?”
It has not been determined what substance Candy Fluty injected into the IV, Zucker said in court.
"I think that it will show that she didn't put anything in that's not medically approved," the attorney said.
In her last Facebook posts on Friday, the day before her arrest, Candy Fluty thanked those who held a fundraiser on Jan. 13 so she could put a down payment on a used car.
“I want to start this post out by thanking anyone and everyone who has prayed, sent messages and helped in anyway with the dinner . . . Most of you know that I am a single mother and do the very best I can to make sure my kids have what they need. It's not always easy but it always works out . . . I can't think of anything that would help (her son) more than having a dependable way to get to and from the doctor. I heard that some people were questioning as to what the money will be used for and I just wanted everyone to know.”
She also stated her son “has a fever and feels pretty yucky” after his surgery.
The condition of her son, or if other family are in town to care for the child was unknown Monday afternoon. Children's Hospital officials would not comment on the situation.