Coalinga dentist accused in death could face jail
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Coalinga dentist accused of killing his mentally challenged adult son with an overdose of morphine now faces jail time.
Coroners say 35-year-old Patrick Clare died in his father's dentist chair.
Action News broke the story of the investigation into Dr. Allen Clare last year. Coalinga police blamed the father for the son's death but prosecutors originally charged Dr. Clare with a felony business code violation.
He pleaded guilty and was set to receive probation as punishment.
But after reading a coroner's report a judge decided that wasn't enough. The report said Patrick Clare had 575 nanograms of morphine in his system when he died.
"Toxic level is 200 nanograms, so there was an excessive amount in there. I still hold the position that the morphine never should've been injected to begin with," Coalinga Police Chief Cal Minor said.
Investigators say Dr. Clare never used morphine on any other patient and ordered the drug about four months before his son's death. Dr. Clare gave up his license to practice dentistry and could face even more serious charges at his next hearing.
coalinga, fresno county, crimetracker, local
- Fresno attorney reenacts testimony from Kai
- FUSD improves nationally but still behind peers
- Teen girl found dead in Madera County stream
- Bad air keeps some Valley students indoors
- Health Watch: Pinpointing prostate cancer
- The new year will mean a new sheriff for Merced County
- Ex-BP engineer convicted on 1 obstruction charge
- Man accused of killing Los Banos boy in crash changes plea
- Public tickets to the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl sold out
- Calif senator: Revenge porn law should include selfies
- Mega Million Winning Numbers
- Marijuana was target of Fresno Co home invasion
- Kai was neither hero nor did he cause crash, witnesses say
- Scams can include investments with friends
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos