Crime

Mother Accused Of Injecting Her Sick Child's Feeding Tube With Unknown Substance

| by Brendan Kelly

A mother was arrested under accusations of trying to sicken her child, who was undergoing treatment for a rare disease.

Jessica Valik of Syracuse, New York, brought her 4-year-old son to Cincinnati to be treated for a rare skin disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her son has reportedly been chronically ill with Epidermolysis bullosa, or EB, since birth.

Investigators discovered evidence and witness accounts of Valik putting an unknown substance into her child's feeding tube. She is charged with child endangerment and felonious assault. 

"This is very, very serious, very scary," a prosecutor told the judge in court Friday. "We believe that she poses a risk to this very sick child."

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In August 2015, Valik spoke to WLWT about her son's condition and said that she was happy with the treatment at Children's Hospital. 

"Over three years and 450 transfusions later and miles and miles of me driving my son across country, we finally get answers here," she said.

Joe Deters, a Hamilton County prosecutor, said that his office is treating this as a possible case of Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a mental illness in which a parent or caretaker induces or exaggerates a child's illness.

On Oct. 2, a judge set Valik's bond at $250,000 and ordered her to stay away from her child if she is able to post bail. 

Sources: Fox Carolina, WLWT / Photo credit: Fox Carolina