It's just not worth taking the risk!
When we heard the SICKENING story of Dr. Earl Bradley, the pediatrician facing more than 400 counts of criminal conduct after allegedly molesting his patients, we were absolutely disgusted. State prosecutors have said there are 103 victims (so far) -- and that 102 of those victims were little girls.
Bradley is accused of videotaping the sex acts while the children's parents waited in another room. OMG, this makes our stomachs turn.
The reason this scumbag was caught in the first place was that a 2-year-old girl told her mom that the doctor had "hurt her" in a basement after her exam.
But on the way home from the doctor the mother alleges that her daughter said Bradley had sexually abused her while they were alone in the basement. The girl's father, who had taken to her to a previous appointment with Bradley, also told authorities his daughter had made a similar complaint to him in November.
WHY were these kids left alone with with a pediatrician?
The mother told authorities that she permitted her daughter to be alone with Bradley "because of his position as a doctor" and because she "trusted him."
Should we EVER leave our kids alone with their pediatrician? Pediatrician Dr. Gwenn says kids under 16 are typically accompanied in the exam room by a parent. If your teen feels uncomfortable with you in the room during the physical exam, you can always step out for that portion. If you are uncomfortable leaving your teen alone with the doctor, Dr. Gwenn says you can request that a nurse be present in the exam room in your absence. Dr. Gwenn also says a doctor should never take photos of your child without your knowledge or permission. "Occasionally, I'll ask a patient's parent if I can take a picture of a rare rash, for instance, but I always have the parents sign a photo release and ask them to be present while I photograph the child," she says. "Photos taken behind closed doors without a release form signal that something is just not right here."
Do you ever leave your kids alone with your pediatrician? If so, are you re-thinking that now?