3rd faith-healing family charged in Oregon
Oregon Faith News Note:
A grand jury has indicted a Beavercreek family on criminal mistreatment charges for refusing medical treatment for their infant daughter. The family is a member of the Oregon City congregation of the Follower’s of Christ Church where faith healing is preferred over medical treatment. The ailment for the daughter was a growth over the eye that threatens her future vision.
“The state medical examiner’s office has estimated that in the past 30 years, more than 20 children of church members have died of preventable or curable conditions. In 1999, after intense debate, the Legislature ended a spiritual healing defense, allowing parents to be prosecuted. Since then, Clackamas County officials have investigated a few deaths of newborns.The deaths of two relatives in 2008 led to prosecutions.”
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