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Sep 29, 2011 19:20
Category: General News

Faith Healers - Trial

     OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon City couple who prayed for
their ailing prematurely born son rather than seeking medical care
has been found guilty of felony manslaughter.
     A Clackamas County jury was unanimous in its verdict Thursday of
second degree manslaughter against Dale and Shannon Hickman, both
26. The Hickmans are members of the Followers of Christ Church.
     Prosecutors claimed Shannon Hickman never sought prenatal care
and the couple never considered taking the premature baby to the
hospital. The infant, named David, died within nine hours of birth
when he had trouble breathing.
     The Hickman's attorney claimed religious persecution and said
there was no evidence medical care would have saved the baby.
     The infant was born with a bacterial infection and
underdeveloped lungs.