“… The report has provided additional details we did not have previously,” the statement read. “At this time, we feel that it is prudent to suspend Dr. Melanson indefinitely until the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners has concluded their investigation.”
An odontology review requested by the medical examiner’s office and released Friday as part of the autopsy report raised questions as to why Torres was being treated in the first place.
“One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed, considering no indication of dental disease or pathology,” Dr. Robert G. Williams wrote in the review, adding that records from a previous visit didn’t show any decay either.
“It is possible that the partially erupted teeth may have had congenital enamel defects but not necessarily requiring treatment with a child this age,” he wrote. “No evidence that the child was in any type of pain was ever notated in the dental record…”
The first part of the autopsy report, released Thursday, found Torres likely suffered a reaction to the drugs used to put her under, which was described as a "well-known" risk. But one dentist interviewed by the American-Statesman in April said if a toddler needs dental work that requires anesthesia, the work should be done at a hospital, where trained personnel are immediately available in case the patient reacts badly to the drugs.
Melanson is a graduate from Brigham Young University and Portland State University, according to Austin Children's Dentistry website.