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20/20
Air Date: Friday, January 06, 2012
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: "N/A"
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EXPOSED: WHEN JUNK SCIENCE IS USED TO RIP ONE FAMILY APART, ON ABC NEWS' "20/20," FRIDAY, JANUARY 6

Was it a warranted criminal investigation or a witch hunt orchestrated by a prosecution obsessed with putting a father in prison for life? Julian and Tali Wendrow were so desperate to help their autistic daughter, Aislinn, that they tried Facilitated Communication, which turned out to be a discredited technique when used to communicate with autistic people. But after the so-called "miracle cure" seemed to initially open up their daughter's silent world, it opened up a world of trouble: out of nowhere came allegations of unspeakable abuse. Could their daughter now communicate and, if so, was what she communicated to be believed? Prosecutors certainly thought so - ignoring a mountain of evidence that Facilitated Communication was a sham, and failing to question whether Aislinn was being manipulated by her facilitator. It is an investigation a Federal Judge called "a runaway train," including a shocking videotaped police interrogation of Wendrow's teenage son. Julian languished in jail for months, facing 75 years behind bars if convicted, while the children were torn from their home - until a dramatic courtroom confrontation where all was revealed.

Chris Cuomo reports on a story that the family at the center says serves as a warning for all´┐Ż when the justice system goes wrong, anyone can become a target when prosecutors rely on junk science to file charges. "20/20" airs on FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Slideshow Preview: http://abcnews.go.com/US/slideshow/michigan-family-outraged-dad-jailed-kids-unfounded-abuse-15275016

David Sloan is executive producer.

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