Kailua dentist indicted for manslaughter in death of toddler patient

Finley Boyle (Photo courtesy of family)

It’s been almost three years since 3-year-old Finley Boyle died after a trip to the dentist. Now the state is pursuing criminal charges against the former dentist.

Boyle was given a highly potent mixture of sedatives prior to receiving root canal work at Island Dentistry in Kailua. She fell into a coma and later died.

Her former dentist, Lilly Geyer, has been charged with manslaughter, among other offenses, because the charges go beyond just Boyle’s case.

Almost three years after the death of Boyle, her family is a step closer to justice. After a lengthy investigation, the attorney general’s office indicted Geyer on 37 counts including manslaughter, assault, prohibited acts related to controlled substances, and medical assistance fraud. Michael Green, Geyer’s attorney, spoke with KHON2 on Thursday, “I’m sick to my stomach I have empathy for the loss of this girl certainly my client never intended any of it other than to treat patients.”

It was December of 2013 when Finley Boyle underwent a procedure for four root canals at Geyer’s dental office, but the little girl fell into a coma and never woke up. An autopsy determined she was given a combination of sedatives and anesthesia, and she suffered a heart attack. KHON spoke with Finley’s mother Ashley in 2015, “What I would like done is, some justice for my daughter. No one has been held accountable. Lily Geyer has never been arrested or criminally charged. These are my beliefs, that she should be criminally charged.”

Court documents allege “Lilly Geyer did recklessly cause the death of Finley Boyle, thereby committing the offense of manslaughter.” Green described the indictment as overwhelming, “They have the right to charge the way they want to charge. I’m just sick about it. I’ve been defending for a long time. I never wanted to have to defend something like this.”

Until Geyer turns herself in a bench warrant will remain out for her arrest. Her bail is set at $100,000. She is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Medical assistance fraud and prohibited acts related to controlled substances are class C felonies, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Assault in the second degree is a class C felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, with a minimum of 1 year, 8 months before parole eligibility. Manslaughter is a class A felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, with a minimum of 6 years, 8 months before parole eligibility.

KHON2 has learned the dental assistant who worked in Geyer’s office is awaiting sentencing for drug violations.

In July, Nicole Dudoit pleaded no contest to prohibited acts related to controlled substances. The attorney general’s office says she administered narcotics to a 2-year-old patient which left the girl unconscious for 12 hours. An assault charge against Dudoit was dismissed. Her sentencing is set for November.

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