A couple from Southport, Florida has been charged with child neglect after their daughter suffered through 17 rotten teeth. Police said that for more than a year, the parents — Jeremie Maloy, 31, and Cynthia Maloy, 32 — ignored requests from their daughter's school officials to have her undergo dental treatment.
Police said the child complained to teachers about tooth pain and had to eat soft food. According to a police report, her teeth were "severely decayed." Her adult teeth "had begun to grow in and overlap her rotten, ruptured teeth.”
The age and the name of the girl were not released. Her parents have been ordered to stay away from her and cease contact with her, according to CBS News.
The Maloys are accused of ignoring the advice of a school social worker and of medical permission slips their child brought home. Police explained that if the parents had only signed and returned said slips, a dental practice would have treated their daughter for free.
According to local reports, in the months leading up to the arrests, school officials went to the Maloys’ home to offer help.
“On each of these visits, (school officials) offered to arrange transportation for the Maloys to tend to the child’s dental needs,” police wrote. “The Maloys never took advantage of this offer for the sake of the child, but Cynthia Maloy did ask for rides to the nearby dollar store to buy cigarettes and food.”
Because of the alleged neglect, the child reportedly had to have 17 of her teeth extracted.
It is currently unclear if the parents have lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
[Police: Bay County Sheriff’s Office]