Mom accused of allowing 4-year-old's teeth to rot to the gums

September 3, 2015

21-year-old Catlyn Haley reportedly ignored doctor recommendations to get treatment for her daughter's unhealthy smile for more than a year.

A Panama City, Fla., woman was arrested on child neglect charges for reportedly allowing her 4-year-old child's teeth to blacken, rot and decay, according to a recent Inquisitr article.

21-year-old Catlyn Haley reportedly ignored doctor recommendations to get treatment for her daughter's unhealthy smile for more than a year.

The police report states numerous health care professionals had told Haley her child needed surgery to remove the teeth, which were rotted to the gum. A doctor with the Department of Children and Family Services said the child needed immediate attention for “terrible dentition” and “severe cavities.”

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Haley reportedly did not take her child for treatment.

The report names the girl’s father, Kenneth Haley, as a codefendant, although he has reportedly not been arrested. The report states he was present during at least one of the doctors' visits.

The child's parents are said to have scheduled surgery but then canceled because they had not taken her for a physical, a requirement for the surgery.

The girl reportedly told officers she cannot brush her top teeth because they hurt too much.

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