HOUSTON A mother has been charged with a felony for allegedly withholding prescribed medication from her son and giving him alternative medication instead.
Belinda Hernandez, 46, has been charged with injury to a child through omission. Her bail has been set at $30,000.
Authorities say that her son was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and prescribed medication when he was 3-months-old. At 8 months, his mother allegedly decided to discontinue the medication.
Doctors say that the boy, now 7-years-old, has suffered permanent abnormal development and brain damage because he has gone untreated.
Medical records show that he suffers from obesity and hearing impairment and his hormone results indicate that he had not been taking medication for his hypothyroidism.
The mother told police that she disagreed with the doctors and researched alternative mediations that she believed comparable to what doctors prescribed, according to court documents. She claimed to have given her son an herbal seaweed remedy.
Police say Hernandez s grandmother, who lives with the family, said she never saw her daughter give the boy any alternative medicine.