Do No Harm

Do No Harm

Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, Do No Harm is a co-production of NBC News and Wondery.

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October 29, 2020 2 min

Do No Harm premieres on November 10th. 

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Melissa and Dillon Bright race to the emergency room after their baby is seriously injured. As doctors assess the injuries, the Brights pray their son will be OK. But then a different team of doctors enters Mason’s hospital room, and the real nightmare begins.

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November 10, 2020 40 min

Melissa and Dillon believe if they just tell the truth, Child Protective Services will see they aren’t a danger to their children. But the state of Texas isn’t just going to take their word for it.  Not after the horror story that unfolded in another family a year earlier.

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November 17, 2020 35 min

The Brights figure CPS has moved on. Melissa and Dillon try to do the same. But when a CPS worker comes to their door, it's the beginning of the hardest night of their lives.

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November 24, 2020 40 min

Across town, Lance and Sharde Butler have been fighting their own battle against CPS. After nearly a year, the system has almost broken them.  But soon the Bright’s case will intertwine with their own in ways that neither family could have imagined. 

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December 1, 2020 39 min

A pair of brash Texas lawyers step in to help the Brights, but by then, damage has already been done. As they each head to court, the Brights and the Butlers fear the worst.

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December 8, 2020 46 min

As the Brights and Butlers confront CPS, their shared struggles raise difficult questions: Who’s really protecting children? And is this what it takes to keep them safe?

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December 15, 2020 45 min

Laura Beil, the host and reporter of Dr Death and Bad Batch, sits down with Mike Hixenbaugh to talk about the reporting of Do No Harm. We also have an update about the families at the center of this series.

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April 13, 2021 2 min

An actress playing a killer in a horror film is so good, you’d almost think she’d done it in real life. Turns out she had… Dateline’s Keith Morrison takes you inside a story where fiction and reality collide. Search for Killer Role and Listen Now. 


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