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Do you KNOW your kids doctor enough to leave them ALONE with him?

DOVER, Del. – Dating back almost a decade, there were complaints and investigations involving Dr. Earl Bradley, a well-known Delaware pediatrician who authorities say may have molested more than 100 children.

There were jokes among colleagues, who thought Bradley had an unusual practice with his carnival-like office filled with toys and a merry-go-round. Even Bradley's own sister, who worked for him, heard parents' concerns.

Despite the warnings, Delaware's medical board only recently suspended Bradley's license — after he was arrested.

"The system failed. What I don't know, and what we must find out, is where and how," said Gov. Jack Markell, who plans to order an independent review of the state's handling of the case.

Outraged parents have complained that children could have been spared had officials acted sooner.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:46 PM on Jan. 9, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    I want to know why NO ONE did anything if so many suspected and WHY would you lEAVE your kids ALONE with their PED, there is NEVER a reason for him to be alone with YOUR babies!!!

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:47 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • If he was under investigation for over a year, why didn't someone speak up?" a tearful mother said at a community forum last month. "All of this could have been avoided."

    Bradley, 56, is being held in lieu of $2.9 million bond after being charged with more than 30 felonies, including rape. After years of suspicions, his arrest came when a 2-year-old girl told her mother that Bradley hurt her last month when he took her to a basement room after an exam.

    Authorities have said Bradley videotaped some of the attacks, some of which occurred in exam rooms with Disney themes.

    Bradley faces a preliminary hearing on Thursday. His attorney, Eugene Maurer, did not immediately return telephone messages left at his home and law office Saturday.

    The case has shocked the close-knit coastal community of Lewes and the central Delaware town of Milford, where he closed an office in 2005 after police investigated him.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:48 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • Bradley was described as a quiet, unkempt man who had trouble looking adults in the eye but nevertheless gained parents' trust. Police allege that after finishing exams at his Lewes office, he would molest children in the basement or an outbuilding, where they would be given toys or candy.

    Scott said he never had any proof, only accusations.

    "You're talking a 3-year-old against a 50-year-old. I figured if there was something behind it, then the police would lead to the medical board," he said.

    Barnes told police in 2005 that her brother was bipolar and taking medication from the office, and that several parents had complained to her about Bradley inappropriately touching patients
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:49 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • i also want to know why parents were leaving there kids alone with some doctor what the heck were they thinking!!!
    mrssundin

    Answer by mrssundin at 2:53 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • Why would anyone leave their child alone with the doctor I dont get that at all.

    I dont know our pediatrician on a personal level but I know many people who use her including my own regular doctor and OB and she has never touched my children in any way that is out of the ordinary, matter of fact she is very verbal and tells the children what she is going to do and why before she does anything. If for any reason we need to leave the exam room I am always asked to go with my children even just to step on the scale.

    I do know several of our other doctors personally like our eye doctor, our kids play sports together and go to school together so we see each other often and intereact weekly. I still wouldnt leave my children alone with her, I am their parent and I need to know what is going on with my children's health.
    3_ring_circus_

    Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 2:54 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • My God. How horrifying. I wouldn't leave my kids alone with their Dr until they are old enough to be concerned about privacy (teens?) and then I would still be waiting outside the door. If my Doc asked me to leave I would say no. So, so sad!
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 3:19 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • A big red flag would have been if the doctor asked to be alone with my child! I have a teen and the doctor always has a nurse or PA in the room with him when I step out for exams my son would me rather not witness.
    My GYN always have a nurse with him as well. I think its just good practice and if a doctor did otherwise I would be suspicious.
    justmyopinion

    Answer by justmyopinion at 3:22 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • I wouldn't leave my kids with their doctor. Why would I?
    Raine2001

    Answer by Raine2001 at 3:45 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • I have NEVER left my kids alone with a doctor, no matter how much I like the doctor. There is no reason for a doctor to be alone with a child. I can't figure out why these parents would leave their kids alone with him?!? That's not too bright.
    Bethsunshine

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 4:16 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • My kids doctor was a good friend and even then I would not leave them alone for a second, no reason to, anything that needs to be done, can be done with you there.
    older

    Answer by older at 4:50 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

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