MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A 4-year-old girl was taken to a local hospital Tuesday after she went to a neighbor and said she had pinworms.
The neighbor checked the girl’s body at the Midtonia Village Housing Projects on Easton Avenue. The police were called when the unidentified neighbor saw what turned out to be a worm.
A pinworm is a staple-sized worm that commonly infects the intestines, often in kids, and causes itching and irritation. The website KidsHealth said the ailment is common and the worms are nothing to be afraid of, but they are easily spread.
Middletown police say the girl’s mother, Tiffany Dokas, knew her daughter had worms.
"At first she stated that she noticed her child may have had some worms yesterday. Upon further speaking the mother said, well, it was last Saturday,” said Andy Warrick with the Middletown Police Department. “At that time the officers contacted children's protective services and have a child taken to the hospital and she was diagnosed with pinworms."
Police told WCPO's Jay Warren that Dokas said she didn’t take her daughter to the hospital because she didn’t have transportation. When asked why didn’t call paramedics, she stated didn’t want to have to bring her other children to the ER, police said.
Dokas was taken into police custody and charged with child endangering. She’s also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Warren talked to Brieanna Fox, the child's godmother, about Dokas. Fox said her friend needs to focus on her parenting.
"She's got a good heart, she would help when she can, but I think she's going into depression due to (having) the baby’s daddy in and out of the life," Fox said, adding that her goddaughter was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown for treatment.
Fox said treatment was going well and expected her goddaughter to be released Wednesday. The girl will be taken care of by her grandmother.