Woman uses pliers to pull son’s teeth in Walmart restroom

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PROVO (AP) — Authorities say a Utah woman pulled two of her son’s teeth in a Walmart restroom in Cedar Hills. The woman was charged Monday with second-degree felony child abuse.

Prosecutors said that the 47-year-old woman – whose name is being withheld from this report to avoid identifying the child – bought hand sanitizer and needle-nose pliers from the store on April 2, then took them into the restroom and pulled two of her 7-year-old son’s teeth.

Police in American Fork, Utah, say the boy’s older brother heard the child screaming and got him out of the restroom.

Charging documents say the boy told his brother that one of the teeth was loose, but the other was only slightly loose. Prosecutors say the woman didn’t use any kind of anesthetic.

No attorney was immediately listed for her in court records.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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  • ladybugavenger June 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Things you shouldn’t do in Walmart: 1. Pull your child’s teeth…ya, I’ll just stop right there.

  • comments June 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Anyone ever see that mover ‘Idiocracy’? Anyways, never, ever underestimate the stupidity of the average walmart shopper. I don’t even know why people like to shop at walmart. Horrible store with maybe, at best, slightly lower that average prices. Walmart and amazon are two places where I’ll pay more money somewhere else just to avoid shopping with them.

    And at the very least she paid for the pliers before using them. A lot of walmart shoppers might just “rent” them for such a purpose. lol 😉

  • Craig June 6, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    My dad tied a string to my loose tooth and the other end to an open door handle. Of course, these were teeth handing on by a thread (no pun intended).

    • ladybugavenger June 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

      but if he would have tied the string to the bathroom door in Walmart…wellllllll you’d probably make the headlines

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