CRIME
04/10/2014 03:16 pm ET | Updated Apr 10, 2014

Pediatric Nurse Accused Of Poisoning Daughter With Salt

Harris County Sheriff's Office

A Texas woman is accused of poisoning her little girl with salt.

Police say Katie Alice Ripstra, 31, gave her pre-school aged daughter dangerous amounts of salt on multiple occasions before taking the girl for treatment to Texas Children's Hospital.

According to KPRC, the little girl, now 4, was admitted to the hospital several times in 2013 with extremely high levels of sodium. At times the salt levels were so high that she had to be put in intensive care.

The station reports:

Court documents state on a hospital visit in early August, the girl had been released after a two-day stay at the hospital with normal sodium levels, only to return one day later unconscious with a severe brain injuries and high sodium levels.

Ripstra, who worked as a pediatric nurse at the hospital, faces charges of cruelty to a child resulting in serious bodily injury, and aggravated assault.

She was released Wednesday on $30,000 bond pending trial.

The girl recovered from her injuries and has been placed in the care of a guardian. She has not experienced any problems with her sodium levels since being removed from her mother's custody.

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