HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Windward Oahu dentist who shut down her practice following the death of young patient has been indicted on 37 counts related to her work.
Among the charges, Dr. Lilly Geyer faces manslaughter, assault and various drug violations.
The indictment is based on events involving patients from October to December 2013 and April 2016. Two of the patients were under 8, so she faces enhanced sentencing.
Geyer owned Island Dentistry for Children in Kailua and, in December 2013, performed work on 3-year-old Finley Boyle.
The toddler was scheduled to have extensive work, including multiple root canals. She was given a combination of sedatives and went into cardiac arrest. Boyle slipped into a coma and died a month later.
The Medical Examiner later determined that the young girl's heart attack was likely caused by the combination of five different drugs given to her during the dental procedure.
The following September, Geyer's insurance company settled with the family for an undisclosed amount.
"I was hopeful this would happen because I know it was very important to the parents not to just get a monetary recovery for this horrific event," said attorney Richard Fried, who represented Finley Boyle's parents in their civil suit against Geyer.
Geyer's charges include medical assistance fraud, drug violations, assault and manslaughter.
Geyer's attorney, Michael Green, said the charges in the indictment went too far. "They don't charge organized crime guys like this. I mean, there's nothing they left out."
He also said Geyer has been suffering as a result of the tragedy.
"This is a truly good woman, even though people may not want to believe it," he said. "She was, I thought, dedicated, and I watched her emotionally deteriorate."
Boyle's mother, Ashley, declined comment on the indictment. However, when asked about Geyer in January 2015, she said, "She needs to be held accountable for what she did. And a slap on the wrist and an insurance settlement is not justice, and that's not what I'm looking for. I would give all the money back in a heartbeat."
The indictment identifies one other patient under 8: "JK," who was born in 2011, was under Geyer's care in November 2013.
Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars, while Geyer faces five years for assault. Her bail has been set at $100,000, and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. Green said arrangements are being made for Geyer to turn herself in.