Ex-dentist in court after being charged in case of brain-damaged child

HOUSTON – A former Spring dentist accused of causing a child to suffer brain damage during a procedure was in court Monday after she was charged in connection with the case.

Bethaniel Jefferson was charged with injury to a child in connection with the 2016 incident involving 4-year-old Nevaeh Hall.

Jefferson appeared in a Houston courtroom Monday after turning herself in to authorities last week.

The judge ordered Jefferson to not practice dentistry or consult on dental cases.

Jefferson’s attorney Morgan Bourque said the ex-dentist has sympathy for the victim’s family and reminded people that his client is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Investigators said Jefferson administered too many sedatives to Nevaeh, causing her to have a seizure. The girl is now confined to a wheelchair.

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