Friday, May 08, 2009

Mother Arrested for Neglecting Her Daughter's Teeth

Unfortunately, these stories pop up from time to time and I have seen it in clinical practice - both neglect and denial that their child has a problem.

Tamika S. White, 19, was arrested Wednesday on a felony neglect charge.

Her daughter, whose age was not listed, has suffered from tooth pain for more than a year, according to a Palmetto Police Department report.

The child's grandmother urged White to take the child to the dentist.

White took the child to a dentist who told her the child had bottle mouth -- tooth decay common in infants and toddlers, the report said.

But White's Medicaid coverage would not pay for the treatment, and she refused to seek money for treatment through child-support payments from the child's father, police said.
She also did not seek another specialist who would accept Medicaid or any other treatments that would be covered, according to a report.
The mother is a teenager and Flap has to ask where is her family in this?

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