Pasco Sheriff’s Office hands to prosecutors a dental cleaning case that turned deadly

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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office confirms it forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office, its investigation into the death of Tommy Myers.

Prosecutors are looking into the death of Tommy Myers

Tommy, a 39-year-old special needs patient, stopped breathing during a September 2014 dental cleaning at Grand Dentistry in New Port Richey.

He died with days.

A Department of Health investigation determined that Dr. Veronica Thompson made several mistakes treating Tommy, including giving him 4 times the amount of sedative normally given to a healthy adult patient.

Thompson’s attorney told the Board of Dentistry she is under criminal investigation.

Tonight at 6 on News Channel 8, an expert tells us, what prosecutors must consider before they can bring charges.

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