Jessica Valik at her sentencing hearing Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW)
Valik and her child. (Facebook)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -
A mother accused of injecting Benadryl into her sick son’s feeding tube was sentenced to 180 days in jail Tuesday.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office said Jessica Valik, 25, will spend seven more days in behind bars. A judge granted Valik credit for the 173 days she has already served since being arrested at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in October.
Valik brought her 4-year-old son from New York to be treated for a rare skin disease at Children’s Hospital, her attorney previously said. The child suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa and has been chronically ill since birth.
Investigators found evidence and heard witness accounts of Valik tampering with her son's medical equipment, according to court documents.
Valik’s son remains at Children’s Hospital under the guardianship of his maternal grandfather, according to the prosecutor’s office. He is filing custody for the child in New York.
Valik, who pleaded guilty to child endangering, was ordered by a judge to stay off the property of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
The child became ill with diarrhea as a result of the substance being injected into his medical equipment, according to Prosecutor Joe Deters. With no medical reason for the diarrhea, hospital staff grew suspicious of the mother after the child received extensive treatment.