Father charged after boy pulled his own teeth

Posted: April 21, 2011

An Easton, Pa., man was charged with endangering his 14-year-old son, who used pliers to yank two teeth from his mouth because his father would not take him to a dentist, police said Wednesday.

For several months, Francisco Torres, 40, ignored his son's complaints about his teeth, said Detective Chris Miller. After his son pulled the teeth out in January, Torres allegedly still refused to take his son to a dentist.

The teen eventually told someone about his problem and authorities were notified, Miller said. Torres surrendered to police Tuesday. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person. The boy, who needed emergency surgery on his mouth, is now in foster care. Torres, who has medical coverage, was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. - Robert Moran

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