Dentist in toddler death case sues multiple national media outlets

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that Daisy Lynn Torres died while under the dentist's care at Austin Children's Dentistry. The story has been updated to reflect that her heart and breathing stopped at the dentistry before she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Austin dentist involved in the accidental death of a 14-month-old Daisy Lynn Torres in 2016 is suing multiple national media outlets over their coverage of the case. 

Dr. Michael Melanson filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Travis County against CBS Studios, the Nancy Grace Show, Time Warner Broadcasting, Associated Newspapers North America, Mail Media, FHT Media Holding and www. healthnutnews.com. 

Documents obtained by the Austin American-Statesman state that Melanson said the outlets committed libel and slander by publishing and broadcasting a report from Dr. Robert Williams, an independent forensic dental examiner. Melanson said Williams' report, which questioned why he performed the procedure on Torres, was inaccurate. 

At some point during a procedure performed at Austin Children's Dentistry in North Austin on March 29, 2016, Torres' heart and breathing stopped and she was rushed to a hospital where she later died.

The state dental board announced in April that they found no findings of fault against Melanson.

Related: Dentist cleared in 2016 death of toddler

Torres' parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Austin Children's Dentistry in March.

Related: Parents of toddler who died during dentist visit file wrongful death lawsuit

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