FRONTLINE: The Child Cases

FRONTLINE: The Child Cases

Season 29, Episode 15

DIRECTOR

Catherine Upin

PRODUCERS

Frontline, NPR, & ProPublica

YEAR

2011

FORMAT

Documentary

Sudden child deaths are often assumed to be murder and caregivers are frequently the accused. FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR investigate, uncovering evidence of questionable convictions...

From PBS and Frontline - When a child dies under suspicious circumstances, abuse is often suspected. That's what happened in the case of six-month-old Isis Vas, whose death was deemed "a clear-cut and classic" case of child abuse, sending a man named Ernie Lopez to prison for 60 years. But now a Texas judge has moved to overturn Lopez's conviction, and new questions are being asked about the quality of expert testimony in this and many other similar cases.

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A.C. Thompson unearths more than 20 child death cases in which people were jailed on medical evidence that was later found unreliable. Then, Martin Smith investigate for-profit colleges, and their aggressive recruitment of veterans.

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