Faith healing trial set to begin in O...

Faith healing trial set to begin in Oregon

There are 8 comments on the Ocala Business Journal story from Jan 10, 2010, titled Faith healing trial set to begin in Oregon. In it, Ocala Business Journal reports that:

An Oregon City couple is scheduled to go on trial next week for the death of their son, the latest chapter in faith healing deaths in Oregon.

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Who Cares

Canby, OR

#1 Jan 11, 2010
A waste of taxpayer money.

“Alpha Omega”

Since: Dec 09

United States

#2 Jan 24, 2010
Who Cares wrote:
A waste of taxpayer money.
Not if it stops the insanity of allowing babies, and these underage brainwashed kids to die in agony without any sort of medical diagnosis or treatment.
Who Cares

Canby, OR

#3 Jan 26, 2010
Constantia wrote:
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Not if it stops the insanity of allowing babies, and these underage brainwashed kids to die in agony without any sort of medical diagnosis or treatment.
Claims that prayer, divine intervention, or the ministrations of an individual healer can cure illness have been popular throughout history. The Clackamas County DA is not now or ever going to change these beliefs. Hence this trial is a waste of taxpayer money.

“Alpha Omega”

Since: Dec 09

United States

#4 Jan 27, 2010
Who Cares wrote:
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Claims that prayer, divine intervention, or the ministrations of an individual healer can cure illness have been popular throughout history. The Clackamas County DA is not now or ever going to change these beliefs. Hence this trial is a waste of taxpayer money.
Well, that may have been true in the past, but thankfully, judges and courts are beginning to wake up and pass sentences in these child prayer-death cases, and it's about time.

“Alpha Omega”

Since: Dec 09

United States

#5 Feb 3, 2010
Who Cares wrote:
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Claims that prayer, divine intervention, or the ministrations of an individual healer can cure illness have been popular throughout history. The Clackamas County DA is not now or ever going to change these beliefs. Hence this trial is a waste of taxpayer money.
Not this time. The parents were found guilty, as they should have been. It was God's will.
Oregon Parents found guilty of neglecting ill son.

This is a snip concerning the Beagley case that had gone to jury.

It appears the tide has turned in these prayer-deaths cases, now that another precedent has been established in a court of law.

It is truly sad that this young man will never live to fulfill his destiny, because of his parents religious beliefs and their apparent indoctrination of their son into the same persuasion. What a needless tragedy!

"OREGON CITY, Ore.(Feb. 3)-- An Oregon couple who practice faith healing testified they did everything they could for their 16-year-old son before he died, but a jury decided it was not enough, especially just months after the death of their granddaughter.

Jeff and Marci Beagley were convicted of criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday after prosecutors argued they failed in their duty to get medical help for their son, Neil, in June 2008.

The teenager died of complications from a congenital urinary tract blockage that doctors testified could have been treated up until the day he died."

(full story inside link)

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“Alpha Omega”

Since: Dec 09

United States

#6 Feb 3, 2010
Aol has taken the original news link down. This link is from the County where the Beagley's live and their trial was held.
http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/ind ...

OREGON CITY -- "A Clackamas County jury sent a clear signal Tuesday that parents who rely solely on faith healing to treat their children face prison if a child dies.

Jeffrey and Marci Beagley were found guilty Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the death of their 16-year-old son, Neil. The boy died in June 2008 of complications from an undiagnosed congenital urinary blockage after his parents attempted to heal him with prayer, anointing with oil and laying on of hands.

They are the first members of Oregon City's Followers of Christ church convicted of homicide in the congregation's long history of children dying from from treatable medical conditions.

"This is a signal to the religious community that they should be on notice that their activities will be scrutinized," said Steven K. Green, director of Willamette University's Center for Religion and Democracy. Other prosecutors may be emboldened to take similar cases to court, the law professor said.

Prosecutor Greg Horner asked that the Beagleys immediately be taken in to custody. Clackamas County Presiding Judge Steven L. Maurer denied the request, saying the Beagleys were not a flight risk or threat to the community.

Friends and family reacted to the 10-2 verdicts with stunned silence. Marci Beagley hugged her mother in the courthouse lobby as both women wept. Other family members quietly stood by.

The Beagleys will be sentenced Feb. 18. The maximum penalty for criminally negligent homicide is 10 years, but the Beagleys likely will receive no more than 18 months in prison and could be sentenced to probation."

(Read more inside link)

“Alpha Omega”

Since: Dec 09

United States

#9 Mar 4, 2010
"The Great Ecclesiastical Conspiracy"
http://www.awildernessvoice.com/GEC.html#toc
Constance

AOL

#11 Mar 14, 2010
Repost, better link:
http://oregoncity.katu.com/content/beagleys-g...
Beagleys get 16 months sentence in their son's prayer-death.

The judge said:
""There needs to be respect for religious freedom, accompanied by personal accountability and responsibility," Campbell said.

Maurer said the Beagleys and the congregation knew about medical care but refused it.

"These two cases illustrate a crime that was a product of an unwillingness to respect the boundaries on freedom of religious expression," Maurer said. "They've continued to use spiritual treatment practices in exclusion of medical treatment, even when their children were in extreme harm's way."

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