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Dad Arrested For Not Treating Son’s Bee Sting

By Danielle Sullivan |

Dad Arrested For Not Treating Son’s Bee Sting via BabbleWhen does not seeking medical treatment for your child’s ailment become criminal? Sometimes, it’s a fine line.

A father in Iowa City, Bryan Powe was arrested after his son got a bee sting and he delayed seeking treatment for it. However, the story gets a little complicated.

Apparently the boy was stung and the child’s grandparents were concerned because the bite was swelling and had hives around it. When they dropped the boy off at the father’s house, he went inside and refused to address the situation. The worried grandparents called the police.

When the police came, the father still refused to open the door so the police called an ambulance. When they finally entered the home, the father said he was “too stressed to care for kids” that day. The dad was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.

Sure, a bee sting can be harmless, though painful, but it can also be deadly. A parent “too stressed out” to care for his kids won’t be alert to any potential dangers. Thankfully, the grandparents (not sure if they are biological since the article refers to them as “a couple that considers themselves to be the child’s grandparents”) knew something was wrong and acted on it quickly, not just for the potential seriousness of the bee sting but for the long–term well being of the child.

Have you ever had a feeling that something was off with a child’s parents? What did you do? Would you do if a parent wouldn’t seek treatment for a bee sting?

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Dad Arrested For Not Treating Son’s Bee Sting

  1. Meagan says:

    There are a lot of things in this story that are strange. One, the people who called the cops aren’t actually his grandparents, they “consider themselves” his grandparents. Two, the injury is “a bee sting” OR “bug bite.” and three, though the cops determined that the child needed to see a doctor, the doctor was unable to treat the child without parental consent. I may be wrong, but doesn’t that mean thie problem was a non-emergency situation? Because a bee sting causing anifilactic (sp) shock would require emergency treatment.

    I’m also not sure why you changed the father’s QUOTE from “too stressed to deal with kids” (from the article to “too stressed to *care* for kids.” it’s a quote, you don’t get to put your own interpretation on it.

    Was there neglect going on? Probably, but this is a WEIRD story and you left a lot of fishy details out.

  2. Leah says:

    This story is very confusing/strange. Did the bee sting occur when the child was with these “grandparents”? From the writing it sounds like the sting happened in their care and they ignored treating the symptoms and dropped the child off, telling dad to have it taken care of. If they were so concerned, why not take the child to the doctor themselves when the hives occurred rather than dropping him off and calling the police?
    It seems there was a failure on a lot of people’s parts.

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