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

February 1st, 2022  •  19 mins 57 secs  •  Download (27.5 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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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.