A Florida dentist accused of torturing and choking dozens of children in his “house of horrors” clinic was attacked outside of his office by an angry mother.
The parent in question, Brandi Motley, brought her six-year-old daughter Bri’el to 78-year-old Dr. Howard Schneider, of Jacksonville, to have a tooth pulled.
However, Dr. Schneider ended up pulling out seven of the girl’s teeth during the December 2014 surgery. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Dr. Howard Schneider, 78, was attacked outside of his office by a mother after being exposed for cruel practices.
2. Dr. Schneider is accused of running a “house of horrors” clinic and performing surgeries without anesthetic.
The mother was not permitted to sit with her daughter during the operation and only learned what had occurred after she had spent three hours in the waiting room, WJXT reports.
The mother said:
[Bri’el] was hyperventilating. She had marks all over her, blood all over her.
In the parking lot, she takes her gauze out, and I notice that all of her teeth were gone.
The girl added that the dentist hit and choked her while she was operated on.
3. Bri’el Motley’s mother claims that her daughter had seven of her teeth pulled when she needed only one removed.
4. Brandi Motley brought her daughter to the emergency room and then posted pictures of her after her surgery.
Motley brought her daughter to the emergency room and then shared images of her post-surgery mouth on Facebook.
The mother contacted the police as well, but her Facebook post is what really brought Dr. Schneider into the spotlight and other parents started posting about him.
The dentist now faces a number lawsuits and his office has been besieged by angry parents holding signs, as an increasing number of ex-patients complain about his controversial practices.
The Florida Department of Health has said that Dr. Schneider voluntarily relinquished his license to practice dentistry in the state. Authorities have now launched an investigation into his practice.
5. Many parents took to Facebook to post photos of their children after alleged visits to the 78-year-old dentist’s office.
6. Dr. Schneider is accused of choking children to unconsciousness and threatening children not to speak out.
For her part, Motley has filed a medical malpractice suit against the dentist and John Phillips, her lawyer, says that most of Dr. Schneider’s former patients have Medicaid as health insurance.
Over the past five years, the dentist has received close to $4 million in Medicaid reimbursements. According to attorney Gust Sarris, who represents dozens of people suing Schneider, Medicaid has paid him per tooth. He said:
So, can I cap a tooth twice? Yes. Can I then pull it? Yes.
Can I then successfully obtain benefits for all three? Absolutely.
7. This photo was posted on the Facebook group page of “Parents against Dr. Howard Schneider Jacksonville Fl”.
8. Protesters waved signs outside Dr Schneider’s dentist office on University Boulevard South in Jacksonville.
Dr. Schneider was reportedly the only pediatric dentist in Jacksonville who took Medicaid patients and his practice attracted poorer clients, the lawsuit states.
Parents of the children in Dr. Schneider’s care claim that the unnecessary tooth extractions were performed without anesthetic and added that their children often came out of his office with cuts and bruises on their necks and faces.
The dentist is also accused of wearing scary costumes in office and threatening children that “your mom will die if you tell her what happened”.
9. A Florida dentist accused of torturing and choking dozens of children in his “house of horrors” clinic was attacked outside of his office by an angry mother.
10. Nightmare dental procedures done on kids — a CNN report.
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