Texas Dentist Facing Charges After 4-Year-Old Suffers Brain Damage
Dentist Accused of Overdosing Child and Waiting to Notify Emergency Responders
According to FOX News, Dr. Bethanial Jefferson is accused of intentionally and knowing by omission causing serious bodily harm to a child by failing to seek and provide adequate medical attention.
Courissa Clark says she brought her daughter, Nevaeh Hill, to Jefferson’s office in Houston to have a tooth pulled. Upon receiving anesthesia, Nevaeh suffered a seizure and severe brain damage. Navaeh is now confined to a wheel chair and will be brain damaged for the rest of her life.
Court documents say that Jefferson administered too many sedatives in combination with other drugs, causing Nevaeh to fall into respiratory distress. The distress reduced oxygen levels to her brain, resulting in brain damage.
After the incident, Jefferson allegedly placed Nevaeh in a recovery room where she remained for several hours without adequate medical care before Jefferson finally contacted 911.
Dentist Facing Criminal and Civil Litigation
Jefferson has since been suspended from practice by the Texas Board of Dental Examiners, and Clark has filed a civil case against Jefferson on behalf of her daughter.
On Tuesday, a judge issued a warrant for Jefferson’s arrest. Jefferson turned herself in to Montgomery County Jail but has been released on $50,000 bond.