‘We were robbed’: Alaska couple loses custody of kids after erroneous abuse diagnosis from former UW doctor


February 1st, 2022

19 mins 57 secs

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About this Episode

In our latest installment from our series "Flawed Forensics," we feature a Fairbanks, Alaska, couple accused of abusing their 3-week-old daughter, prompting authorities to remove baby Izabel and her 18-month-old brother Ezekiel from their parents. Experts hired by Emilly and Justin Acker found former University of Wisconsin child abuse pediatrician Dr. Barbara Knox’s diagnosis of abusive head trauma was wrong and ignored Izabel’s serious birth injuries. A forensic psychologist found Emily Acker no danger to her children — and a judge agreed. Reporting by Brenda Wintrode / Wisconsin Watch and Michelle Theriault Boots / Anchorage Daily News. Narration by Wesley Lethem. Originally published Jan. 20, 2022 at www.wisconsinwatch.org

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