In Manatee county policy say that mother neglected to provide her child with needed dental care which then led to sever tooth decay. This 19 year old mother was arrested on a felony neglect charge.
Her daughter (age not listed) has suffered from tooth pain for over a year, as stated on the police report. The child’s grandmother urged the 19 year old mom to take her child to see a dentist. Although she did finely take her daughter to see the dentist by then the child had bottle mouth tooth decay common in infants and toddlers.
Since her Medicaid coverage would not pay for the treatment she refused to seek any money for her daughter’s needed dental care through child-support payments from the child’s father. She also failed to seek another specialist who would accept Medicaid or any other treatments that would be covered, according to the police report.