A woman is facing child endangerment charges for not having her son's decaying tooth taken care of for more than a year, officials said.
Melody Kemler was arrested for not taking her 12-year-old son to any of the dental appointments made by Northampton County Children and Youth caseworker Kristin Kayal between April 2011 and April 2012, officials said.
The son's decaying molar had been causing him pain since April 2011, officials said, and a dentist who examined the boy in late 2011 said in a letter that the tooth needed to be pulled and a root canal done.
The dentist's letter also noted if the root canal was not done, the boy could suffer an infection and have trouble eating and sleeping, officials said
The caseworker finally forced Kemler to have her son treated on April 6, 2012, officials said.
Kemler, 42, of the 100 block of South 6th St., Easton, was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment and released on $10,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 26.