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Coalinga dentist charged in connection to son's death

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A dentist in Coalinga has been charged in connection with the death of his own son.

It's a story Action News first told you about more than a year ago. Court documents show Dr. Allen Clare used a different treatment on his son than he'd ever used on any other patient.

Patrick Clare, 35, went to his father's office to get a tooth pulled. He had to be taken away in an ambulance and was declared dead minutes later.

Dr. Clare has been charged with practicing dentistry without a valid license. Dr. Clare told investigators he gave his son two shots of valium and two shots of morphine to deal with the pain of the procedure. But an assistant told investigators they had never before used morphine with a patient.

Investigators with the Dental Board of California told Action News Dr. Clare didn't have the proper license to administer narcotics like morphine.

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