Former Oahu dentist turns herself in on charges stemming from 3-year-old’s death

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We’re getting our first look at a former Kailua dentist indicted on 37 counts in connection with the death of a three-year-old girl.

Lilly Geyer turned herself in to authorities Monday on charges including manslaughter, assault, prohibited acts related to controlled substances, and medical assistance fraud. The indictment is based on events involving patients from October – December 2013 and April 2016. Two of the patients in the indictment were under the age of eight which means Geyer is facing enhanced sentencing.

She was released after posting $100,000.

The attorney general’s office filed the indictment on Sept. 8, nearly three years after the December 2013 death of Finley Boyle.

Boyle was scheduled to undergo a procedure for four root canals at Geyer’s dental office, but fell into a coma and never woke up. An autopsy determined she was given a combination of sedatives and anesthesia, which led to a heart attack.

Court documents allege “Lilly Geyer did recklessly cause the death of Finley Boyle, thereby committing the offense of manslaughter.”

Meanwhile, Geyer’s former dental assistant is awaiting sentencing for drug violations in a separate case.

In July, Nicole Dudoit pleaded no contest to prohibited acts related to controlled substances. The attorney general’s office says she administered narcotics to a two-year-old patient, which left the girl unconscious for 12 hours. A judge dismissed an assault charge against Dudoit.

Dudoit will be sentenced in November.


From the indictment:

“Medical assistance fraud (section 346-43.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS)) and prohibited acts related to controlled substances (section 329-41(a)(1), HRS) are class C felonies, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Assault in the second degree (section 707-711(1)(b), HRS) is a class C felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, with a minimum of 1 year, 8 months before parole eligibility. Manslaughter is a class A felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, with a minimum of 6 years, 8 months before parole eligibility.“Geyer is subject to enhanced sentencing pursuant to section 706-660.2, HRS, because two of the patients were children under the age of eight. Geyer is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.”


§706-660.2 Sentence of imprisonment for offenses against children, elder persons, or handicapped persons. Notwithstanding section 706-669, a person who, in the course of committing or attempting to commit a felony, causes the death or inflicts serious or substantial bodily injury upon a person who is:

(1) Sixty years of age or older;

(2) Blind, a paraplegic, or a quadriplegic; or

(3) Eight years of age or younger;

and such disability is known or reasonably should be known to the defendant, shall, if not subjected to an extended term of imprisonment pursuant to section 706-662, be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment without possibility of parole as follows:

(1) For murder in the second degree–fifteen years;

(2) For a class A felony–six years, eight months;

(3) For a class B felony–three years, four months;

(4) For a class C felony–one year, eight months. [L 1988, c 89, §1; am L 1990, c 67, §8]

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