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.
In a joint investigation with ProPublica and NPR, FRONTLINE correspondent A.C. Thompson unearths more than 20 child death cases in which people were jailed on medical evidence -- involving abuse,
assault, and "shaken baby syndrome" -- that was later found unreliable or flat-out wrong. Are death investigators being properly trained for child cases? Frontline: The Child Cases airs Tuesday, June 28 at 9 p.m. on KUED.
Also in this magazine hour, correspondent Martin Smith continues to investigate for-profit colleges, this time focusing on their aggressive recruitment of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Are the for-profits making promises they can't keep?
And closing the hour, New Yorker writer and FRONTLINE correspondent Atul Gawande reports on a doctor in Camden, New Jersey, who actually seeks out the community's sickest -- and most expensive -- patients. Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and his team are pioneering a practice called "hotspotting," in which medical care is focused on the hardest-to-treat to improve their health and dramatically reduce costs.
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