Mom guilty of 'criminal mistreatment' for son's bad teeth

A Washington woman has been convicted of second-degree criminal mistreatment for not providing her developmentally disabled son with adequate dental care, according to a story in the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Kathren Ann Carter's 10-year-old son had severe infections and abscesses caused by dental decay, according to court documents. Several of his adult teeth had to be removed, and a doctor said the condition could have been life-threatening, the Herald-Republic reported.

Carter's attorney argued that she was unaware of the extent of the problem and that she lacked money for expenses and travel to the doctor.

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