It's almost never easy to convince a child to go to the dentist, but children in Florida have had a good reason to stay away from at least one dentist's office. 

Brandy Motley alleges that her Jacksonville dentist abused her daughter by removing an unnecessary amount of teeth and was physically aggressive with her. CNN reports that mother Motley was first alarmed when the dentist refused to let her sit in with her 6-year-old daughter Bri'el while she was undergoing oral surgery in December of 2014. The dentist, Dr. Howard Schneider, claimed that children were harder to deal with when parents were in the room. 
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Motley told CNN that three hours into Bri'el's visit a nurse came into the waiting room and told the mother that there was "an incident." The mother allegedly found her daughter hyperventilating and with blood all over her and bruises on her neck. Motley grabbed her daughter and immediately drove to an emergency room. Bri'el was supposed to have only one tooth removed, but Motley told CNN she soon realized the dentist had pulled out seven of Bri'el's front teeth. 

As horrifying as Motley's experience is, she's far from alone. The Daily Mail reports that after Motley posted about her experience on social media, more and more parents have come forward to speak about the abuse Dr. Schneider had allegedly caused.

Four plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against Dr. Schneider in May. According to USA Today, the lawsuit accuses the dentist of "assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentionally inflicting 'severe emotional distress' " to at least 60 patients. 

The Daily Mail reports that parents of former patients protested for several weeks outside of Schneider's office, and at least one mother attempted to physically assault the dentist.

In late May of 2015, WTSP reported that Dr. Schneider closed his office and relinquished his medical license. In July, the dentist left his Jacksonville home to move elsewhere. 

"I am moving to Charleston, where my wife is from," Dr. Schneider told First Coast News," I am sick of it; I have done nothing wrong."

"Sounds like he's running to me," said Gust Sarris, who is currently leading a class action lawsuit against Dr. Schneider. Attorney John Phillips is also pursuing a malpractice lawsuit against Schneider, alleging that the dentist performed excessive dental procedures to receive Medicaid insurance money. Phillips told CNN that Medicaid paid Dr. Schneider per tooth. 

"So, can I cap a tooth twice? Yes. Can I then pull it? Yes," attorney Phillips explained to CNN. "Can I then successfully obtain benefits for all three? Absolutely."

WTSP reports that the doctor received almost $4 million in Medicaid reimbursements in the last five years.

Dr. Schneider has left Florida and given up his practice, but many will not be happy until the dentist is behind bars. Michelle Hammack organized a candlelight vigil for the victims of Dr. Schneider in September, according to First Coast News. Hammack does not claim to be a victim of Dr. Schneider but says that she knows several alleged victims.

"We would like to see him actually be punished for what he did to those children," Hammack told First Coast News. "We're not giving up until something is done." 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the Medicaid fraud unit are currently conducting criminal investigations of Dr. Schneider, according to First Coast News.