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Utah Dentist Charged with Child Abuse After Forcing Patient’s Mouth Open for X-rays

August 4, 2020
by Jennifer Weaver, KUTV


A Provo, Utah, dentist was arrested Wednesday on charges of child abuse after witnesses told police he forced a child to have dental x-rays without asking for parental consent.

The probable cause statement said Blake Matthews was treating a child during a dental appointment when he forcibly held down the uncooperative youngster for x-rays. He is also accused of grabbing the child’s face to force open the mouth to insert x-ray films without consulting the child’s parents or asking them for assistance.

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