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A Westchester mother testified on Friday that she returned home in February 2015 to find her 14-year-old daughter asleep beside an empty bottle of anti-seizure medication. 

Earlier that day, the girl came home sobbing after a treatment with her chiropractor, who told the teen she needed an “exorcism of noxious gasses” and gave her a bottle a CBD oil that later tested positive for marijuana.

The allegations have placed Kristina Wodicka, the chiropractor, on trial for not only driving the teen to attempt suicide, but allegedly sexually assaulting her eight times over the course of five months during doctor’s visits. 

“I trusted her,” the mother said during cross-examination on Friday. “I didn’t know she was a predator.”

The charges against Wodicka, which include third degree sexual assault, forceful touching and child endangerment, have been knocked down to misdemeanors in Justice Court, the state’s lowest court. 

And the case itself might boil to down to the word of a teen, who the defense claims is “disturbed and troubled,” against that of the doctor, both of whom could take the stand next week. 

The week-long trial resumed Friday with cross-examination of the mother, who had testified that she herself had been a patient of Wodicka’s for four years starting in 2010. The two had become friendly because their daughters went to the same school, she said. 

But things changed when the teen started visiting Wodicka to treat anxiety related to her body, the mother testified. She believed Wodicka began “grooming” her daughter for abuse by testing for conditions such as hiatal hernia as a means of getting mother’s consent to touch the teen’s breasts and vagina.

During the cross examination, Wodicka’s attorney quietly laid foundation for his argument that the teen had emotional issues, evidenced by the anti-seizure medication she was taking around the time of the visits. 

He also questioned why the mother continually left her child alone in the examination room and waited in the lobby, despite supposedly having reservations about Wodicka’s holistic treatments. 

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“Was there anything physically preventing you from going down the hall into the examination room?” Mahmoud Rabah, Wodicka’s defense attorney, asked Friday. 

“No,” the mother replied. 

Earlier in the week, Rabah presented a written testimony from an officer from Dobb’s Ferry police department saying that the mother referred to her daughter as bipolar when she was explaining that her daughter might have been sexually assaulted. The mother was told that she had to go to South Nyack police because that is where the crime occurred.

But on the stand, the mother said her daughter did not immediately tell her that she had been sexually abused but had been exhibiting unusual behavior. The mother then took her daughter to a psychiatrist where she was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The mother testified that she had no knowledge of any other psychological disorders her daughter had.  

The accusations led to Wodicka’s arrest in June of 2016. In court documents, the victim described to investigators how she was attacked during three 2015 office visits, with Wodicka allegedly straddling the girl and telling her to open her mouth, where she gave the girl CBD oil allegedly saying “this is the good stuff.” 

Prior to Wodicka’s arrest, the mother coordinated with police to secretly record a conversation with the chiropractor in attempt to garner an admission of sexual assault for police. 

The attempt, however, was unsuccessful. Jurors listened to tape of the mother asking Wodicka if she had performed a breast exam, but the doctor denied it. 

The mom also asked Wodicka if she had performed a vaginal exam on her daughter. Again, no admission. 

Rabah cross-examined the detective last week, who said he did not investigate the scene of the alleged crime. He said that he went to the office that Wodicka worked at the time and after talking to a receptionist who did not want to involve herself, he left and did not investigate further. 

Wodicka, has been a licensed chiropractor in New York since 1998 and has never faced discipline from the state Education Department, which oversees the certification and professional conduct of chiropractors. 

The doctor has continued to practice despite the charges, Rabah said.

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