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Dad finds 5-year-old girl strapped down at dentist's office

Papoose board used after girl apparently became uncooperative

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A Georgia man is irate that his 5-year-old girl was restrained during a recent trip to the dentist.

James Crow said he took his daughter, Elizabeth, to the dentist because she needed to have a tooth pulled out.

He said he became concerned, however, when he heard her screaming while he was in the waiting room.

Crow said he wasn't allowed in the examination room but entered anyway, along with Elizabeth's grandmother, and they found her strapped to a papoose board.

"I couldn't see my kid in the body bag just strapped down to the bed," Crow said.  "I couldn't handle it."

"It was awful to see her tied down like that. It hurt me," said Evelyn Crow, Elizabeth's grandmother.

Crow said the office staff told him they restrained his daughter because she was uncooperative.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the papoose board is used in certain situations, but the agency also warns that using the tool can lead to physical or psychological harm.

Employees at the dentist office have not spoken publicly about the incident.