OMAHA, Neb. – A woman was arrested after police said she injected an unknown substance into her ill 19-month-old daughter's feeding tube.
Toxicology tests were being conducted to determine what the substance was. Shakhov told police the injection was formula, authorities said.
The girl, Rachel Pineda, was hospitalized frequently with unexplained illnesses.
Police have said Shakhov suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a disorder in which a person causes a family member's illness to care for the person or be a hero by saving them.
Hospital workers called police after witnessing Shakhov continuously weigh her daughter, shut down her feeding tubes and ignore medical advice.
Police got a warrant to conduct video surveillance and hid a video camera in the girl's hospital room. It was through that surveillance that police said they saw Shakhov make the injection.