The man who found a severed fingertip in a mouthful of frozen chocolate custard has made a belated offer to return the digit to its owner.

Clarence Stowers (search) refused to return the severed fingertip last week while it could still have been reattached. He's been holding onto it as evidence.

He refused to give it to a doctor who was treating 23-year-old Brandon Fizer (search), who accidentally stuck his hand in a mixing machine and had his right index finger lopped off at the first knuckle.

Now, Stowers' attorney says his client has had a change of heart.

But the offer is too late.

Medical experts say an attempt to reattach a severed finger can generally be made within six hours.