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Toddler who died during dental visit didn't need procedure

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14-month-old Daisy Torres died after a trip to the dentist office and now an autopsy shows the toddler never needed the procedure in the first place. 

Betty Squier took her daughter to Austin Children's Dentistry to have a pair of cavities filled back in March.  But now the autopsy says there was nothing wrong with Daisy's baby teeth.

'One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology,' wrote dental pathologist Dr. Robert G. in his review and added that the toddler's previous visit showed no decay either.

But in the course of the appointment, she says Dr Michael Melanson, Daisy's dentist, had informed her the little girl hadsix cavities, requiring four crowns and two fillings.

Squier said she had some doubts about having crowns installed on Daisy's baby teeth, but she went ahead with Melanson's course of treatment.

Daisy was sedated by an anesthesiologist, which was routinely done at the office to keep young patients calm.   During the procedure, the 14-month-old stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. Dr Malenson called 911 and Daisy was rushed to a hospital.

Just hours after arriving for her appointment at the dental office, the child was dead.

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