Police: Pennsylvania Teen Pulled Own Teeth, Dad Charged

EASTON, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania teen who pulled two of his own teeth with pliers needed emergency surgery because his father wouldn’t take him to the dentist.

Francisco Torres, 41, surrendered to authorities Tuesday after his 14-year-old son used pliers to pull out two of his own teeth to relieve months of pain.

Torres didn’t take the boy to the dentist – saying he has neither insurance nor a way to get there.

Easton Police Detective Chris Miller says the boy began complaining of pain in two molars last summer.

“Finally around Jan 16 or 17, the child has so much pain he goes and gets the pliers and pulls one out and then the other,” said Miller.

But shards of broken teeth were left behind – and the child required surgery to remove them and to repair his gums.

Robin Rieger reports…

Miller says the boy is now fine and in foster care at the Northampton County Children and Youth Services.

According to authorities, Torres did have what appeared to be a valid insurance card.

“He had an access card, which I think would’ve covered the dentist visit,” Miller said.

Reported by Robin Culverwell, KYW Newsradio

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  • dennis

    this dude should be given the death penalty

  • Fuzzy_Lugnutz

    Hey tommy, if we had “gubmint” health care (like Torres had for himself & his son through ACCESS, he’d be put on a waiting list! We already have “gubmint” health insurance through the VA System & Medicare & you only need to ask a recipient of those benefits just how backwards it is. This father should be made to pay for his son to have teeth implanted for those he lost by getting a JOB, even if it’s pushing carts in a supermarket lot or cleaning toilets. He wronged his son & the taxpayers that afforded him the benefits he undoubtedly uses for himself, but not for his child. Ugh!

  • JustMe

    That should say “you SOUND like a complete IDIOT”, not ‘dound’. My fingers have minds of their own on the keyboards these days. LOL

  • JustMe

    Miss Doodles, I agree. You dound like a complete IDIOT with this comment.

  • anon1

    Uhhhh, Miss Doodles, the kid has been complaining of pain and bleeding FOR SIX MONTHS. If the father was hung over that one night before the kid pulled his teeth out, what was the father’s excuse for the rest of the past SIX MONTHS?

  • Miss Doodles

    More than likely Mr. Torres doesn’t have a VALID GREEN CARD, and was afraid he’d have to answer questions he didn’t have the answers for. Either that or he was too hung over from his night before. to take the kid to a dentist. A 14 year old can tell you when he hurts – a 4 year old might not. The boy
    probably couldn’t eat, which would definitely make him complain. Where is the boy’s mother? How did this sad piece of person get custody? What else wasn’t he doing for the boy? Buying him clothes, soap, deodorant? I guess since he couldn’t sell the benefits of the insurance card like he can sell food stamps, he didn’t want to be bothered!

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  • brice

    The News channel said he Insuranse even though he was unemployed; probably Gateway or Mercy freebie health card, probably access cards, housing allowance and the entire tax payer funded lifestyle- just too damn lazy or irresponsible to take his son to the dentist. Had enough money for that cigarette he was smoking though.

  • cmm441

    It says he has insurance that would cover it, but it doesnt say that the injury would be covered 100%. Secondly, we dont know if this 14 yr old complained to his dad about the teeth. He is 14…

  • JustMe

    @ Tom M: I’m thinking it’s because the kids are ‘in the way’. The kids were probably not planned and rather than give them up for adoption, they keep them and try to pawn them off on whoever will watch them so that they can still keep the lifestyle they had before they had them. I’m just guessing. This is not etched in stone.

  • Tom M

    Why do so many people hate their kids?

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  • tommy

    if we all had government health care he could just go to the dentist his self

    • Donna Althouse Waterman

      if we all had government health care–I would personnal pull my own teeth out…I do not want the government telling me what to do and who to see–I would rather have a choice of where I go to the doctor or dentist. I personnally know that my dentist would do it for free or barter with me

  • huck tooey

    Reieased!?………This piece of s**t should be made to suffer like his son did.

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