CRIME

Lawsuit: Florida dentist ran 'house of horrors,' mistreated children, did unneeded extractions

Multiple parents say in a lawsuit that a Florida children's dentist ran a "house of horrors" and performed unneeded tooth extractions and surgical procedures without anesthetic.

It's one of multiple lawsuits filed against Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville. Meanwhile, his office has been picketed in recent weeks by parents carrying signs as a growing number of ex-patients complain about his practices.

In addition, Florida officials have launched an investigation and attorneys say the state is working on an emergency order to shut him down.

Schneider did not return a call seeking comment Friday, but has vehemently denied the allegations in previous interviews.

Lawyers say Schneider is the only pediatric dentist in Jacksonville who took Medicaid, so his practice attracted poorer clients.