Miami police on Wednesday busted a “clandestine” dental office inside a home in Little Havana.
Three people are in custody at the home, 1039 SW 11th St, said Miami police spokeswoman Officer Kenia Reyes.
A couple and their daughter face charges of performing dental services without a license and two charges of child abuse after it was discovered a 14-year-old girl was disfigured from work at the clinic.
Arrested Wednesday: Humberto Perez, 81, Maria Perez, , 69, and Odalis Hernandez-Perez, 38.
According to Miami police, Maria Perez led the patient to the rear of the home and to a “fully operational dentist office.” Humberto Perez then did dental work and gave the teen a prescription-strength medication while she underwent treatment.
During the procedure, the young girl felt weak, sick and had uncontrollable pain, Reyes said in a report announcing the arrests, but Perez continued the procedure.
The girl lost several teeth during two visits to the office and is now being treated by a qualified doctor, said Maj. David Magnusson of the Miami Police Department.
“The licensed dentist said that in his 30 years of experience, he has never seen anything as horrible as what they have done to this girl,” Magnusson said.
El Nuevo Herald staff writer Melissa Sanchez contributed to this report. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.