Kailua dentist pleads not guilty to manslaughter in patient's 2013 death

Kailua dentist pleads not guilty to manslaughter in patient's 2013 death
Finley Boyle (Image: Family)
Finley Boyle (Image: Family)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kailua dentist who shut down her practice following the death of a young patient pleaded not guilty Monday to manslaughter and other charges related to her work.

Dr. Lilly Geyer is accused in the wrongful death of three-year-old Finley Boyle back in 2013.

Last month, Geyer was indicted on 37 counts, including manslaughter, medical assistance fraud, drug violations, and assault.

Geyer owned Island Dentistry for Children in Kailua and performed work on Boyle in December 2013. 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.

Geyer's attorney, Michael Green, said the charges are out of line.

"I don't even see how they get to the point of manslaughter in this case," he siad. "This is over charged in my opinion and we'll litigate it one day. But this is a double tragedy. Not only for the family for the little girl, but for a doctor who's got to go through this and has been going through it for two years."

Boyle's parents also sued Geyer for negligence. Geyer's insurance company settled with the family for an undisclosed amount.

The family's attorney, Richard Fried, is out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

The indictment is based on events involving patients from October to December 2013 and April 2016. Two of the patients were under 8 years old, which is why Geyer faces enhanced sentencing.

Geyer shut down her practice following Boyle's death and has not been practicing since.

Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars.

Geyer is out on $100,000 bail, and her trial is set for November.

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