PRESS RELEASE, 10/9/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of New York mother

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of New York resident Jessica Valik (DOB 11/17/89) for 2 counts of Child Endangering (Felony 2 and Felony 3) and 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of 8 years in prison. 

Valik is charged with injecting an unknown substance into her 4 year-old-son’s feeding tube on October 1st while he was hospitalized at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Her son became ill with diarrhea as result of her actions.  Hospital staff became suspicious of mother after the child had extensive treatment and there was no medical reason for the diarrhea.

Valik’s son suffers from a serious medical condition known as “E.B.” or Epidermolysis Bullosa.  His skin is fragile and easily blisters and falls off.  Children with his condition are extremely susceptible to infection and Valik’s actions heightened the possibility of infection.  The multiple diaper changes due to the diarrhea also caused severe pain to the child as any movement or contact with his skin is painful.

In addition to the E.B., the child is also not able to eat without the aid of his feeding tube or walk or speak.  He remains hospitalized at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “As a parent, these cases are hard to understand.  This poor little boy has suffered so much during his short life that it is hard to imagine how his mother would do something which made him even sicker.”