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Bad Move: Dad Cuts Off Son's Cast with Saw, Removes Thumb

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Florida man is charged with aggravated child abuse after cutting off part of his son's thumb in an ill-fated effort to remove the boy's cast -- with a circular saw.

Police say that on Sunday 33-year-old Lawrence Roberts arrived at the house where his 15-year-old son lives with his mother, pulled out a 10-inch circular saw, and cut off the cast on the boy's hand.

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"The defendant cut off the top of the victim's right thumb, [and] the middle of the victim's right index finger was almost cut entirely off," a police affidavit said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The boy also received a three-inch-long cut on his right hand, between his thumb and index finger.

He was rushed to a hospital where the cast was professionally removed and emergency surgery was performed.

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Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Kirkland said in his statement to police, Roberts admitting to cutting off the cast, but didn't explain why, or why he used a circular saw.

The aggravated child abuse charge carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison if convicted.