Parents charged with murder for using ‘faith healing’ to try and save baby

Photo credit: Clackamas County Sheriff Office 
The Oregon parents of an infant who died hours after birth face charges for allegedly using faith healing instead of seeking medical care to save the ailing baby girl.

Sarah Mitchell, 24, and Travis Mitchell, 21, were charged Monday with murder and criminal mistreatment for their daughter’s March 5 death.

Both parents are members of the Followers of Christ Church, which promotes faith healing, and decided to deliver their twin girls at a relative’s Oregon City home, according to news station KTVB.

Three midwives, relatives and church members were present for the births.

Authorities said no one at the home contacted 911 when the second child born began to experience breathing problems. Instead, the couple allegedly decided to use prayer and oil to save the baby.

When the baby died, church elder Carl Hansen contacted the county medical examiner, who called authorities to provide medical attention to the surviving infant. Police convinced the parents to seek professional help.

The parents are being held at Clackamas County Jail without bail. They were scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

Sarah Mitchell’s sister, Shannon Hickman, was convicted of second-degree murder, along with her husband, for the 2009 death of their infant son, according to news station KGW.

Source: New York Post

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