Woman Claims Dentist Hit Child, Dentist Denies Claims

By: Stephen McLamb Email
By: Stephen McLamb Email

Blount County (WVLT) - An Alcoa woman is considering filing charges against a Blount County dentist she claims screamed at her daughter and assaulted her.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has the details.

Doctor Conley Shope says he's shocked at the allegations.

He says never has he had such a complaint in his forty years of practicing.

He says everything he did was standard to help keep kids calm.

New to Alcoa, Angel Maines says she needed a dentist to fill a cavity for her nine year-old daughter Cloe.

That's how she found Dr. Conley Shope.

"She's on TennCare, so I called TennCare and had them refer me a dentist and that's who they referred," said Maines.

So last Friday, she took Cloe to the dentist, and waited outside the examining room.

"All of a sudden, I heard her start screaming and then the dentist started yelling at her. I heard him yelling shut up, shut up, shut up," said Maines.

But Dr. Conley Shope says he and his assistant simply began minimal techniques used to keep patients calm.

"Both of us tried to talk with her. That didn't work so I raised my voice to her, told her to hush, be quiet," said Dr. Shope.

Dr. Shope says it appeared to be her first cavity and it was a bad one.

"I guess it could be traumatic, not used to the sound of the drill and all that," said Dr. Shope.

Maines says the screaming continued.

She says she tried to get in the room but the dentist shut the door on her.

That's when she got Cloe out with only a temporary filling.

"She looked up at me and she said 'Mommy, but he was smacking me.' So that is when I called police," said Maines.

But Shope says that's not true.

"Never, I've never hit a child," he said.

Dr. Shope says he only tapped on her chest.

"An open hand pad is a technique to try to get the attention of the patient to get their attention to look at you," he said.

A first-time cavity fill for a nine year-old girl has left both a mother and a dentist confused.

"I just can't believe it happened. It was just too much for me," said Maines.

"I did the best I could do under the circumstances. With a little girl, it's all I could do," Shopes said.

The Blount County Sheriff's Department says they do not plan file charges in the case.

Angel Maines says she will meet with an attorney on Wednesday to determine her next course of action.

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  • by Franco Location: East Tennessee on Mar 27, 2008 at 11:17 AM
    If you knew the details like I do, you would know this was a set-up on this dentist. I have known this family for years. This "mother" (and I use this term loosely) had an agenda dictated to her by a local newspaper reporter who was looking to manufacture a story. We CANNOT trust the free press anymore. They will take anything and spin it to make it sound benefecail to them. This man was targeted for a scam and to become fodder for a local "yellow" journalist. The truth always comes out and the unrighteous will always be found out!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2007 at 08:22 PM
    Call me tacky, but these things seem to happen a lot more often to TennCare patients and they always seem to find a lawyer quickly.
  • by Brooke on Nov 7, 2007 at 05:03 PM
    I remember someting similar to this happening to me when I was around 5. The dentist told me to shut up because I was scaring the other kids. Thankfully, my parents believed me and I never had to go back to the guy. I don't understand why some dentists don't let a parent go back with the child, especially on a first visit when they are unfamiliar with what is about to happen and scared.
  • by Ronnie Location: Knoxville on Nov 6, 2007 at 10:20 PM
    I don't know who to believe in this one.
  • by maggie nola on Nov 6, 2007 at 10:19 PM
    here's your next course of action mom ... get a job that has insurance.
  • by Maria Location: Maryville on Nov 6, 2007 at 10:18 PM
    Woman Claims Dentist Hit Child, Dentist Denies Claims'' I would just like to say this mother stayed alot calmer then i would have , May god bless her and her daughter !


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