Baby Jax’s mother accused of tampering with feeding tube

Hamilton County Detention Center

CINCINNATI, OH (NEWS 10)  — A Capital Region mother is facing charges that she injected an unknown substance into her sons feeding tube.

Jessica Valik, 25, the mother of Baby Jax was charged Thursday with one count of felonious assault and one count of endangering a child after police accused her of putting something in her son’s feeding tube.

Baby Jax stole the hearts of the Capital Region in 2012 with his heartbreaking story of living with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) a rare, congenital skin disorder.

Court documents state the charges are the result of an investigation that included witness testimony.

Valik brought Baby Jax from New York to be treated. The child 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. It is not clear exactly what Valik allegedly put into the feeding tube.

“This is very, very serious, very scary. We believe that she poses a risk to this very sick child,” a prosecutor told the judge.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said his office is looking at this as a possible case of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome – a mental illness in which a parent or caretaker exaggerates or induces a child’s sickness.

“It’s a frightening pattern of conduct which I simply cannot explain,” said Deters in a statement.

Jobs and Family Services is reportedly opening a case on the child.

A judge on Friday set Valik’s bond at $250,000 and ordered her to stay away from the child if she posts bond.

Additional reporting from FOX 19 Cincinnati.

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