The spouses of the U.S. state of Oregon were found guilty of the manslaughter of her newborn baby. The parents are members of the local branch of the "Church of the followers of Christ" (Followers of Christ Church), followers of which have a negative attitude towards official medicine and practiced healing by prayer, according to AP.
Shannon Hickman (Hickman Shannon) gave birth to a son at home. Less than nine hours after birth, the baby died. As it turned out, the boy in utero had contracted a bacterial infection and were born with underdeveloped lungs.
Doctors have estimated that, in the case of timely access to medical care, the child had almost a 100 percent chance of survival. Investigators tried to find out from parents why they didn't call the emergency services. The boy's father Dale (Dale Hickman) said that he prayed for his son's recovery. Shannon also noted that due to their religious beliefs, she must fully rely on the opinion of her husband.
The judge Clackamas County (Clackamas County), to sentencing, which nanchino on October 31, Hikmani remain at large. Under the laws of Oregon, the minimum penalty for manslaughter, which accused the 26-year-old spouse, is six years imprisonment. However, the law provides exceptions for believers who for a similar crime faces up to 18 months in prison and a 250 thousand dollar fine.
Earlier in Clackamas, five members of a branch of the "Church of the followers of Christ," was convicted for crimes related to refusal of treatment. In this regard, in 2011 the state government removed from the law of exception for the believers. However, at the time of committing the crime Hikmani these amendments were still in force.