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Man accused of injecting infant son with HIV
Jul 26, 1999

hi rick, i was browsing the net and found the following: Man accused of injecting infant son with HIV. is this an issue in the US? how do we know (due to the long period where people don't show symptoms) that this hasn't been happening more widespread in the us? thanks for your help.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Thank you for your question. The news story you are referring to here was such an unusual event, that it made national news. When a person tests HIV positive, we interview the person (or the parents in the case of children who test positive) to determine how they were infected. From gathering this type of information, we know that deliberate infections such as the one reported here is a very rare and unusual event. You may also be interested in reading the following post from our website:

Legislation (laws) Criminalizing the Intentional Spread of HIV

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Man accused of injecting infant son with HIV April 22, 1998 ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) -- A 31-year-old hospital worker was charged with first-degree assault Wednesday for allegedly injecting his infant son with the AIDS virus six years ago to avoid paying child support. Brian T. Stewart, of Columbia, Illinois, was arrested Tuesday and is being held on $500,000 bond, according to Lt. Craig McGuire, spokesman for the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department. The county prosecutor said Stewart was charged with first-degree assault because that felony charge can result in a sentence of 10 years to life, longer than the sentence for an attempted murder conviction. Investigators believe that Stewart, a hospital worker who takes blood samples from patients for testing, injected his son with HIV on February 6, 1992, when the boy was 11 months old and was about to be discharged from St. Joseph's West Hospital in Lake St. Louis after treatment for a respiratory problem. The boy, now 7, was admitted to Children's Hospital in St. Louis on May 17, 1996, and was diagnosed May 25 as HIV-positive. The boy now has AIDS. The sheriff's office launched a two-year investigation, which led to the father's arrest. Stewart, who once lived with the mother of the child, has been legally found to be the boy's father. A sheriff's office spokesman said Stewart told the mother not to seek child support because the boy was not going to live long. He was ordered by a court to pay $267 in child support every month.

Man Accused of Injecting H.I.V. in Son New York Times (12/04/98) P. A16

Prosecutors contend that a hospital laboratory technician in St. Charles, Mo., deliberately injected his now seven-year-old son with HIV when he was 11 months old. Brian Stewart is charged with first-degree assault. Stewart's defense lawyer claims that the charges are based on circumstantial evidence, pointing out that there were two intravenous drug users also living in the same household at the time of infection and that the child may have also come into contact with two convicted sex offenders. But prosecutors argue that health officials have tested everyone who may have come into contact with the boy and that none have tested positive for the virus and that there are no signs the child was sexually abused. Prosecutors assert that Stewart did not want to support a child and inoculated the boy with infected blood.

Reuters (01/09/99) Brian Stewart, a blood technician at several St. Louis-area hospitals, has been found guilty of injecting his 11-month-old son with HIV-infected blood and sentenced to life in prison by the St. Charles County Circuit Court. The sentence, which has an option for parole, was recommended by the jury and was the maximum allowed in the first-degree assault case.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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