Criminal case dismissed for California dentist on probation for death of son during surgery

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FRESNO, California — A judge has dismissed the criminal case against a former Coalinga dentist who was on probation in connection with the death of his son who died in one of his dental chairs during tooth extraction surgery.

The Fresno Bee reported Thursday ( that 71-year-old Allen Clare's probation was terminated 14 months early and his criminal record wiped clean. Prosecutors did not object.

Clare was sentenced in 2013 to probation after pleading no contest to a code violation for dispensing drugs not under his license.

His son — 35-year-old Patrick Clare — died in 2011 during surgery.

Patrick Clare, who was developmentally disabled, 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.

Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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