Coalinga Dentist Gets Probation in Death of Son

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Coalinga dentist will be on probation for five years after pleading no contest to charges in connection with the death of his son who died in one of his dental chairs during tooth extraction surgery.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) 69-year-old Allen Clare was sentenced to probation and community service Friday after surrendering his license and pleading no contest to a business and professions code violation for dispensing drugs not under his license.

His son - 35-year-old Patrick Clare - died in April 2011 during tooth extraction surgery at his father's dental practice.

Patrick Clare, who was developmentally disabled and had a history of seizures, had an infection in his jaw but wouldn't let hospital doctors treat him.

He died after his father used morphine as part of anesthesia for the surgery.

In issuing the sentence, Judge Gary Hoff called Patrick Clare's death "a tragic occurrence."

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