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Man pleads guilty in case over young daughter’s rotten teeth


  • In this Aug. 19, 2014 photo, Kenneth Wanamaker Jr. walks to his preliminary hearing in Cherryville, Pa. (Emily Paine/The Morning Call via AP)
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EASTON, Pa. » The father of a 6-year-old girl whose teeth were so rotten her life was endangered pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on Friday.

Kenneth Wanamaker Jr. pleaded guilty weeks before a scheduled trial in the case, The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown reported. A dentist had testified the girl’s teeth were in such bad shape they posed a potentially fatal threat to her health, the newspaper said.

Wanamaker also pleaded guilty to false swearing and is eligible for parole. His sentence is two months to a year, but he’s been in jail since having his bail revoked in December for failing to enroll in drug treatment.

Defense attorney Mark Freeman said the girl’s treatment was put off while the family looked for an affordable way to pay for it.

Authorities still are investigating the deaths of Wanamaker’s other children. A baby boy died of pneumonia in 2011, and there were two stillborn deliveries since 2007, one of which was linked to his domestic partner’s drug abuse, prosecutors said.

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