Valik brought her 4-year-old son from New York to be treated for a rare skin disease at Children’s Hospital in October of last year. The child suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa (E.B.) and has been chronically ill since birth.
Investigators found evidence and witness accounts of Valik tampering with her son's medical equipment, according to court documents.
The son became ill with diarrhea as a result of her injecting the unknown substance, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. Hospital staff became suspicious of the mother after the child had extensive treatment and there was no medical reason for the diarrhea. It is not clear exactly what Valik allegedly put into the feeding tube.
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(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Jesus Funes, 19-months, cries as his mother, Diva Funes, both immigrants from Honduras, holds him after being escorted back to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were tol...
About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says.