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Mother Arrested After Visiting The Dentist

Catlyn Haley is a 21-year-old mother who was arrested after it was reported that her four-year-old daughter was not receiving the proper dental care. Several health professionals had advised Haley to get her daughter oral surgery to fix her rotting teeth, but she put it off for over a year. Authorities said the child does not brush her top teeth because it hurts. The Palm Beach Post reports that after an exam in March 2014, a medical provider with the Department of Children and Families reported that Haley’s daughter needed dental care “immediately” due to “terrible dentition” and “severe cavities.”

Executive Director at Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Lori Allen, said “Really, neglect can be in many forms, it can be medical neglect where you have a child who has a significant medical need, or dental need that goes unattended. Anytime there’s a concern that a medical or dental issue is being untreated that could cause significant or a potential for significant impairment to the health or well-being of a child, it’s going to be serious.” Haley stated that she could not afford additional dental care for her daughter. The girl's father, Kenneth Haley, is also named as a codefendant in the case.

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The mother and father are both codefendants in the trial.

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