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FRESNO, (AP) -- A California dentist charged with injecting a fatal dose of drugs into his disabled son has pleaded to a lesser charge.

The Fresno Bee says 68-year-old Coalinga dentist Allen Clare had been charged with manslaughter for the April 2011 death of his 35-year-old son Patrick.

He pleaded no contest on Monday to violating business practice
law for dentistry.

Prosecutors say he will likely be placed on three years'
probation when he's sentenced Aug. 3 and he is expected to lose his dental license.

Clare's assistant told police that the doctor gave his son three
injections of morphine and two injections of Valium. The dental
assistant told investigators Clare had never had used morphine on a patient in the past.

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