The police officer spoke with the child, S.P-L., who told the officer
that "the man go like this" and made a fist hitting his own lip. The
employees questioned told the officer that they did not witness the event
but that Dr. Floyd's physical abuse of patients was "an ongoing problem."
Respondent told the police officer that he was putting a mouth
prop into S.P-L.'s mouth to help keep it open and S. P-L. had bitten his lip.
The mouth prop used is a ratchet-type device placed in one side of the
oral cavity to keep it open while dental work is performed on the other
The police officer accepted the Respondent's version of the event
and closed the complaint.
After the incident, S.P-L.'s mother photographed the damage to
his mouth and took him to St. Mary's Medical Center for evaluation. TheMedical Center records listed the following injuries: "[L]ip abraded, oral
mucosa with tear/laceration under the tongue, left side. Abrasions and
swelling to the bottom lip, dried blood, swollen lower and upper left side of
lips, cuts noted to outside lips and small laceration to inner lower gum."
Case No. 04834