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A woman accused of severely abusing her disabled teenage daughter said in a tearful jail interview Tuesday that she has no regrets about using homeopathic and naturopathic treatments she read about on the Internet, including stopping the girl’s seizure medication.
“I do regret that she’s in the state that she’s in now,” Schandrilla Schlesinger, 37, said during the interview at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. “I’ve had people tell me over and over that I’m basically responsible for this … it hurts so bad because I know I’ve done everything that I knew to do, and it seemed to be working.”
Schlesinger, of Red Bird, was arrested Saturday and faces a first-degree felony charge of injury to a disabled individual causing serious bodily injury. Her bail was set at $150,000 and she remained at the jail on Tuesday evening.
Seemed to be working? Only in her head. This woman was delusional and must have refused sound advice about medical care. Child protective services received five prior calls. And the girl was found emaciated. She was taken to a hospital and put on life support. The woman’s other children have been removed from the home.
Listen to what else she said:
“I have never really been a fan of medication, ever”
“We have embraced living a holistic lifestyle, and it worked out great,” she said.
“She was basically going through a detox.”
“The only regret that I do have is doing it on my own, but as far as the method, no.”
Your sheer ignorance and arrogance is no excuse. Fail. Horrible fail. But I also blame any alt med practitioners who allowed this to happen.