April 20, 2011

Boy Pulls His Own Teeth Out With Pliers When Father Refuses To Take Him To Dentist

Easton, Pennsylvania (The Weekly Vice) - Francisco Torres, a 40-year-old Easton man was jailed after his son pulled his own teeth out with a pair of pliers when Torres refused to get the boy dental care.

According to the Easton Police Department, a witness called detectives in January after Torres 14-year-old son used a pair of pliers to pull two of his own teeth out. The self dentistry left behind shards of bone that caused even greater pain.

The boy told investigators that his tooth began hurting in June of 2010. When he asked his father to see a dentist, he was refused.

Investigators say Torres continued to refuse treatment for the boy even after the boy's mutilated teeth were bleeding and causing him pain.

The Northampton County Children, Youth and Families Division was contacted, and when the teen finally received treatment, he had to undergo emergency dental surgery to remove the fragments of teeth that were left behind. If left untreated, the fragments could have caused infection and possibly even death.

During police questioning, Torres stated that he was unable to take his son to the dentist due to insurance issues. However, investigators later learned that Torres possessed a valid insurance card, and received travel vouchers through CYS.

Torres was booked into jail on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. He was released after posting $10,000 unsecured bail.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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