10 episodes

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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Do No Harm Wondery

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    • 4.7 • 7K Ratings

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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.
All episodes are available ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

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    Fractures

    Fractures

    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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    • 34 min
    Warning Signs

    Warning Signs

    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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    • 40 min
    Immediate Danger

    Immediate Danger

    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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    • 33 min
    Standard Protocol

    Standard Protocol

    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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    • 40 min
    The Fighter

    The Fighter

    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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    • 39 min
    The Cost

    The Cost

    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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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7K Ratings

7K Ratings

BEEJCO ,

Excellent series

Really well done podcast, about the horrors of being stuck in the CPS /CFS system. I particularly loved the segments from the attorneys involved and the judge. You don’t usually get that kind of peek behind the curtains.

Mariposa_Ole ,

Thank you to the Team that made this happen.

A shot into reality I was not ready for, friends. I cried at the sounds of those cries. I cried for the children and parents. A vital look into how things can go so wrong, so quickly, far too often. Beautiful work.

Herrow herrow how low ,

BEST PODCAST

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened too. This social problem is critical. CPS does the opposite of what they’re supposed to do, and so many lives are crushed in silence, while the people they’re actually supposed to go after, get the kids stolen from good parents who were railroaded by bureaucratic power-tripping of middle managment caseworkers who double-dip in stealing money from the County and from the children’s trust funds. Same thing happens with APS — but via psychwards or Conservatorships.

This needs more attention. How can anything change if people aren’t paying attention to the institutions that can take away you or your loved ones without trial, charge, judge or jury in this country. The Investigative Journalism on this piece is something unparalleled. Thank you.

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