CINCINNATI – The Johnstown mother who was previously arrested for allegedly endangering her sick son was indicted on formal charges last week, according to a release from the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters.
Jessica Valik, 25, was indicted on two felony counts of child endangering and one count of felonious assault.  
Valik is the mother of Jackson Baldwin, a 4-year-old Johnstown boy who was previously diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin condition that causes internal and external blistering
Valik was charged with injecting the unknown substance into her son’s feeding tube on Oct. 1 and he became ill with diarrhea as result of her actions, the release said. 
According to Deters, the hospital staff became suspicious of Valik after the child had extensive treatment and there was no medical reason for the diarrhea.
The release said 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.
The prosecuting attorney also said the child is also not able to eat without the aid of his feeding tube, walk or speak.  The release noted the child remains hospitalized at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
“As a parent, these cases are hard to understand,” Deters said in a prepared statement. “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.”