2012-02-09 / Local & State

Pa. Man Gets 1 To 2 Years After Son Pulled Teeth

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to one to two years in prison after his teenage son tried to pull out his own teeth because he hadn’t been taken to a dentist.

Northampton County Judge Michael Koury Jr. said Friday that he only wished he could sentence 41-yearold Francisco Torres to more prison time.

The judge said “Neglecting one’s child is the ultimate betrayal.’’

Torres pleaded guilty in October to recklessly endangering another person. He apologized in court.

Police say the boy tried to pull out his teeth after complaining of pain for several months but broke two teeth and needed emergency surgery.

Defense attorney Timothy Prendergast said his client has only borderline functionality, and “at some level ... he lacked the sense to act in an appropriate manner.’’

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