EXCERPT from ABC News (link below):

An Oregon husband and wife who relied on faith rather than medicine to treat their dying child were convicted today of criminally negligent homicide. Jeffrey and Marci Beagley of Oregon City said they thought their 16-year-old son, Neil, merely had the flu when they prayed and laid hands on him during the summer of 2008. Neil actually suffered from a urinary tract blockage, and, on June 17 of that year, he died of kidney failure — without seeing a doctor.

The jury's vote to convict was not unanimous, with two of the 12 voting against it, but Oregon allows non-unanimous verdicts in some cases. The case is the latest to test the line between the freedom to believe in prayer's healing powers and the duty of parents to seek medical care when their children's lives are on the line.



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