CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The mother who was arrested at Cincinnati Children's Hospital under accusations she injected an unknown substance into her sick child's feeding tube pleaded guilty Tuesday.
Jessica Valik, 25, entered a guilty plea to child endangering. Two other charges were dropped against her.
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.
She will be sentenced on March 28.