Pediatric dentist accused of abusing kid patients ruled incompetent to stand trial
03/06/2017 4:39 pm PST
Several parents accused former pediatric dentist Howard Schneider of child abuse, in some cases saying he ripped out kids' teeth out for no reason.
Schneider was facing 19 years in prison in part for those alleged crimes. But not anymore.
Schneider is a well-known pediatric dentist in Jacksonville, Florida who many now call a monster. Schneider is accused of "sadistic, serial child abuse" for intentionally inflicting pain on his little patients. He's a man prosecutors want to face in court for fraud.
But some mothers are seeking a different kind of revenge.
The 79-year-old dentist has since closed his practice, but when he was in business, Schneider was accused of torturing his patients, many of whom are disabled and low-income, by doing unnecessary dental work to milk Medicaid out of millions. Many parents call him a sadist.
One child went in for just one cap on a decaying tooth and came out with a mouth full of metal.
More than 100 families accused Schneider of child abuse.
The case went to court and the former dentist could have spent 19 years in the slammer for alleged Medicaid fraud.