On July 17, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said 27-year-old Jessica Gasser had multiple unnecessary medical procedures performed on her child for an “unknown amount of time.”
An arrest affidavit states Gasser lied to hospital staff about her daughter’s medical history, which caused them to draw the child’s blood 28 times, according to KDFW-TV. Gasser reportedly took her daughter to multiple hospitals in multiple states, including Texas, Louisiana and Ohio.
In March, Gasser allegedly told medical personnel that her daughter was experiencing weight loss and refusing to eat, so the healthcare providers decided to administer a feeding tube. Gasser assured the doctors that she was providing her daughter with an adequate number of calories, according to KDFW-TV.
The doctors, however, grew suspicious as the child continued to not gain any weight, leading them to believe that Gasser might have been lying and they reported the situation to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Gasser allegedly also set up a fake GoFundMe account to help her raise money to send her child to the Cleveland Clinic for medical treatment, KDFW-TV reported.
Miracle Flight, which provides flights to children with medical complications, reportedly flew Gasser and her daughter from Dallas to Cleveland. In the paperwork Gasser filed with Miracle Flight, she listed her daughter’s diagnoses as gastroparesis, a condition that interferes with the stomach’s ability to empty properly, according to KDFW-TV.
Authorities said they searched Gasser’s phone history and found she Googles such phrases as “Is lying to a doctor about a child illegal,” and “Can you be prosecuted in a different county than you reside.”
- How Stephen King Inspired Slender Man, the Spooky Figure That Sparked Terror — and a Sixth Grader Stabbing
- Suburban Chicago Man Upset Over Breakup Accused of ‘Calculated and Cold-Blooded' Murder-for-Hire of Ex-Girlfriend: Prosecutor
- A Texas Tenant Received an Eviction Notice. So, He Tried to Hire a Hitman to Kill His Landlord But Instead Got Caught.
Never miss a story — sign up for the Front Page Detectives newsletter. Be on the scene the moment news breaks.
Gasser also messaged a friend and said she would delete all her social media posts and private messages regarding her daughter’s health, officials said.
She went by the username MedicalMamaJess on social media and garnered thousands of followers.
A GoFundMe spokesperson told Front Page Detectives, "GoFundMe has zero tolerance for the misuse of our platform and we cooperate with law enforcement investigations of those accused of wrongdoing. This fundraiser has been removed from our platform and all donors have been issued a refund."
Gasser was arrested and booked into the Tarrant County Corrections Center and is being held without bond, officials said.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have had any contact with Gasser or know anything about the medical abuse allegations to come forward.
Become a Front Page Detective
Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.